Famous members of the Black family

Nick Shinn's picture

Medium and Regular are not common surnames, but Black is.
I must say I’m disappointed that foundries publishing “first name” typefaces haven’t seized on this opportunity to personalize fonts.
There is no Conrad Black or Jack Black.
What other fonts create incidental meanings?
It’s tempting to name a type Psychic…

riccard0's picture

Antique Olive?

paragraph's picture

Soldiers Bold? Milk Condensed? Twiggy Thin? Conscience Heavy?

daverowland's picture

Vox Ultra

John Hudson's picture

I'm waiting for the heavy newspaper headline face named in honour of Roger Black, Black Black, or the Polanski text face, Roman Roman.

Nick Shinn's picture

Roger Black?!
How about it, David Berlow?

Theunis de Jong's picture

The possibilities are endless!

Cola Light
White Duke Thin
Plan Outline
Coffee Black
Pitch Black
Go Bold

-- I imagine the latter two are suitable for a scifi font ...

A font called "Roman" would introduce some other nomenclature oddities -- "Roman Bold" is passable, but surely not "Roman Italic"?

Té Rowan's picture

An' yins forgot poor Padfoot: Sirius Black.

John Hudson's picture

At one point, I toyed with the idea of a bells-and-whistles revival of the Gutenberg 42 line blackletter type. To be called Bible Black, of course.

paragraph's picture

Panther Black, Deadline Extended, Mind Narrow.

John Nolan's picture

Receding Hairline.

Té Rowan's picture


If you're doing something with oil: Gold Black.
(adjective) Black.
A military-ish face: Clear Black.
One for the rockers: Ritchie Black. --more--

Birdseeding's picture

Moore Demi
Spiritualist Medium

dberlow's picture

We talk about this at every offsite. But in the end, we just have lunch, (Black Angus beef tenderloin on black bread with black beans and black & tan ale), instead,. And then we design really skinny fonts to forget lunch.

"...or the Polanski text face"

Which reminds me to ask, is there some way with OT to get the uppercase to molest the lowercase?

riccard0's picture

Air Compressed

riccard0's picture

is there some way with OT to get the uppercase to molest the lowercase?

Are you pondering about some Gill revival?

paragraph's picture

Now that someone brought the subject up:
Beer Light (a.k.a. Sex on the Beach).

Té Rowan's picture

D'ya guyz hate my keyboard, or what?

Supermodel Thin.
Fortune's Fave Bold.
Stroke Oblique.
Play Book.
Squaddie Regular.
Matt Black.
Fluffy Light.
Gossamer Albatross Ultralight.
Airliner Heavy.
Gas Expanded.
Straighten Narrow.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Noir was a name in this vein (sort of) until I realized the Danes were hoggin' it. Just like Greenland.

Theunis de Jong's picture

I was thinking of creating a very basic sans, based on your typical bitmap font from the 80s. I already have a name for it: Sans Élégance.

paragraph's picture

Very funny, Theunis. That opens a new angle for naming typefaces: Sans Talent, or my latest, Sans Money. That one goes particularly well with John Nolan's Receding Hairline.

oldnick's picture

Play around with an online translator…and I do mean play.

For example:
Danish: Odd Sort
Estonian: Mystic Must
Lithuanian: Juju Juoda
Polish: Carny Czarny
Turkish: Siya Later

Or, throw them a curve: call it Paradox Light, and let them figure it out…

kentlew's picture

Actually, DTL Paradox doesn’t have a Light weight. But there is a Paradox Black.

Té Rowan's picture

Glaring Light.
Happy Medium.
Mister Black (I'm just a guy on vacation...).
Hikari Light (Hopefully goes well with an article on the 0 series bullet trains).
Memory Expanded (640K what?)
Contrast Wide Black.

piccic's picture

African Roman

oldnick's picture


I, for one, have a profound admiration for your keyboard: Straighten Narrow™ and Happy Medium™ are real winners.

P.S. Pay no attention to the trademark signs behind the curtain…

Té Rowan's picture

Seeing this thread reawoken got a few braincells sparking...

Freightliner Semi
Backin Black
Straightasa Narrow

oldnick's picture


Lest we forget…

Hemisemi Demi (for all of you sixty-fourth note enthusiasts)
Pain Tit Black (for Mick and the boys, or fans of purple nurples)
Rarely Well-done Medium (for steak lovers or TV enthusiasts)

Té Rowan's picture

Sixty-fourth notes are way too fast for me creaky pinkies -- I'm not 'Fiddler Black' after all.

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