With over 45 years combined experience in type design, we create innovative typeface systems in many scripts for use in under-supported language communities in the U.S. and abroad. These are multi-font type families designed and produced for use in everything from printed matter to mobile devices. Our process involves loads of research, engaging authoritative experts, and doing what is necessary to create useful designs that are respectful of the needs and cultures of specific language communities. And we acquaint ourselves with the environments, both physical and technological, in which our work will eventually perform.
We are often commissioned with the design of lettering, logos and wordmarks by business owners, design studios and agencies. When the utmost in skill, historical knowledge, range of expression and craft are demanded in all things letterform, people get in touch with us. We work directly with clients or take art direction from other designers and brand strategists. And we get the job done to a level of craft that is second to no one – anywhere.
We bring our years of experience to the design of custom proprietary typefaces for the comprehensive branding strategies of businesses, organizations and publications. We’ve also expanded existing typefaces to add language and script support.
Mark is a type designer and professor of graphic design at Maine College of Art in Portland. He has designed and produced typefaces for over 35 years. He is the proprietor of TypeCulture, an independent digital type foundry. His lettering and typefaces have been shown in numerous exhibitions and have received awards from the Type Directors Club (TDC) and the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). Mark has lectured, conducted workshops and taught graphic design, type design and history at colleges in the U.S. and Europe. He has also been a typographic consultant to the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol, England and to URW Software & Type GmbH in Hamburg, Germany.
Neil’s entry into the field of type design was an unconventional one. After spending a decade as a photolithography process engineer in the semiconductor industry, he decided to change careers into something more self-directed. As an engineer, Neil’s specialties included sub-micron printing and optical proximity correction. The parallels of this skill set to traditional printing and photographic reproduction led him to discover type and lettering. Using this unique background along with his strength in analytical problem solving and system level thinking, Neil has developed custom type solutions for clients such as IDEXX Laboratories, NCR and Cartoon Network. Neil Patel is the designer behind Tetradtype, an independent digital type foundry.