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Hi Everyone,

Can someone name me some famous typefaces were released/designed when the designer was a student.

Thanks a lot.

satya_

Alessandro Segalini's picture
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I am sure this is one : http://www.as8.it/graphicus/g1034.pdf

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Watch this! :) Im not sure if all of them finished their work while they were studying.

http://www.designingwithtype.com/typefaces_designs.html

Greetings: Steven

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I did stomper as a student (along with several others). Not sure how famous it is but I've seen it all over.

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Matthew, was Stomper freeware or shareware at one point?

[Edit: Maybe it was part of Indie Fonts?]

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I'm not sure how you define "fame"; commercial success is one option, but the data is difficult to get to, and you should allow a few years for sales momentum to build. Another option is peer recognition; competitions, awards, and the like. So, with apologies for any I may have forgotten, the TDC has awarded:
Nassim by Titus Nemeth,
Tisa by Mitja Miclavcic,
Calouste by Miguel Sousa,
Maiola by Veronika Burian,
Noam by Adi Stern,
Gentium by Victor Gaultney, and
Rayuela by Alejandro lo Celso.

The Creative Review also awarded student projects: Veronika's Maiola and Malou Verlomme's Ficus.

Not strictly an answer to your question, but laudable nevertheless is the work of Tim Ahrens, which has garnered considerable recognition while Tim is a part-time student.

And, attempting foresight, I am sure that David Cabianca's Cardea will turn many heads when it is eventually released.

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Yes, Stomper was initially free. There is still a free version on my site, actually.

It is also one of my best sellers in retail form.

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By no means famous, but I designed Eliza while a student.

—K

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The output of the Reading MA Type Design program would be an obvious reservoir of student type designs - perhaps Noam by Adi Stern would be one of the most 'famous' as it was a TDC award winner.

http://www.tdc.org/news/2004Results/index.html

Cheers, Si

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Did Jonathan Hoefler start when he was still in school? I know he first started doing faces at least as early as 1990, and would only have been twenty at that time.

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I believe Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko, of Emigre, met Barry Deck while he was still a student at CalArts. What I don't know is if he was already working on Template Gothic at the time.

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Also, Christian Schwartz made his first font at age 14 or so, if I remember correctly.

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I think Peter Matthias Noordzij's Caecilia is a good example of a typeface that became 'famous' and was designed while being a student.

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Although to me the 'award-winning = peers recognition = fame' is very relative, plus, that the typefaces developed under one or more tutors (more often than not) carry a lot of those tutors' creative input --
I guess the typefaces below can be regarded as [well] known:

FF Strada - Albert Pinggera, while at the KABK / Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Dolly - Underware, could be put on the same list
Resident - of Paul van der Laan, was released by Linotype while he was still a student at KABK

and more recent:
Rumba - of Laura Meseguer, Type and Media, KABK
Neutral - of Kai Bernau, Type and Media, KABK

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Surely not famous – but i designed my first typeface, which became Linotype Finnegan, being a student.

JW

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Type: The Secret History of Letters talks about Jan Tschichold working out Sabon Italic, and Adrian Frutiger beginning work on Univers both when they were students.

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Both Litteratra and Grotext (redesign still not finished ...).

talks about Jan Tschichold working out Sabon Italic [...] when they were students

Do you know to which drawings the book refers? Leben und Werk des Typographen J.T. shows a sheet with an italic alphabet, dated 1918 (he was 16 then), but it would seem a bit farfetched to consider it as an early Sabon. The footnote says: "Schriftstudie, vermutlich nach Granjons Kursiv" / "a type study, presumably following Granjon's Italic".
However, when 18, Tschichold was an excellent calligrapher -- impossible not to be jealous!
When looking into the small catalog, I wish I could have visited the Tschichold-exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Zurich in 1976. But I doubt the new-born that I was then would have understood what it was about ...

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"At sixteen he drew an italic alphabet, an impressive blueprint for his later creation Sabon Italic."

Loxley doesn't offer a citation, but it sounds like the passage is referring to that drawing.
Type... could definitely do with a few more illustrations, since it sounds somewhat like he is making the claim that the italic is an early Sabon Italic, as opposed to an unrelated precursor.

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Suitcase Type Foundry www.suitcasetype.com

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... but it sounds like the passage is referring to that drawing.

Ah, I see, thank you. (It looks like an interesting book nevertheless and hope I can find a copy somewhere.)

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"Can someone tell me the name some famous typefaces were released/designed when the designer was a student."

Someone's already asked how famous, and I'm wondering at the definition of student*, but both these fellows were enrolled at RISD when they designed these faces and probably more for the last named:
FF Providence, Guy Jeff Nelson
FF Dolores, Tobias Frere-Jones

A little math indicates that one (*besides Knuth), must've been born after 1960, (or perhaps before 1640), and, before about 1980, to up-to-now have designed a font that became famous while they were in school. This may be further limited, as the glut of new designs made even the best school projects drown in the many-to-be-marketed by around 2000, (2000 - 22yrs.old - 2 yrs. marketing to make famous font = 1976 birth). bringing the range of possible fame in fonts in school to but 16 possible graduating classes. On the other side, one could not study with a public type design product until 1987 at the earliest, (- 22yrs.old - 2 yrs. marketing = 1963 birth) bringing the possible years down to 13 for anyone who adopted Fontographer as early as 1987...

...so I'd be interested in how many you find.

Cheers!

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I'm pretty sure Jonathan Barnbrook designed Bastard while in the RCA, and I think it's pretty famous.

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Democratica became 'famous' in Australia, there was a year or so when people were so sick of seeing it that it was deleted from a few personal libraries.

I designed it in my third year (1991) at college, at the same time I was drawing Missionary.

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Josh Darden designed a bunch of typefaces while in high school. I think his first one was at age 14 or 15, like Christian. He partnered with his pal Tim Glaser on many of the early typefaces. His earlier faces were GarageFonts releases like Diva, OUT, and Locus, and Index and Profundus a bit later.

I was working at GF circa 1999-2000 when Time magazine chose Index to appear on the front cover of one of their special issues. That was a huge deal, as they rarely deviated from their standard typography.

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Hey, this is discriminating against people who were never students. :-)
(Which however often means they're in fact eternal students.)

> Christian Schwartz made his first font at age 14 or so

The question was famous typefaces, not now-famous designers.
Which however wouldn't stop me from stating that I started at 13. :-)

hhp