Identifont

Fonts by Appearance

Fonts by Name

Fonts by Similarity

Fonts by Picture

Fonts by Designer/Publisher

Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson

Information about the typeface designer Wayne Thompson and his fonts.

Wayne Thompson has been a graphic designer since 1989, working as an Art Director in various advertising agencies in New South Wales, Australia. But after 15 years in agency-land, he now works full-time as a type designer.

He became interested in type design in the early 90s while working as a signwriter: "When you have to physically trace each letter shape on to a window or a van you quickly learn to get it right". This, combined with a drawer full of rub-down lettering which came as a hand-me-down from a commercial artist uncle, began his involvement with type.

He spent several years evolving through the Macintosh revolution before tackling his first type design, Dallas, released by T-26, "which was based on the handwriting of my brother who had a unique squiggly g and q which appealed to me". Next came ITC Django, also based on the handwriting of an acquaintance who was a jazz guitarist (hence the name). "It's a very loose and jagged hand script, the kind of face which is very difficult to space, and which taught me a lot about maintaining the 'feel' of a handletter through the digitisation process".

Next came ITC Panic and ITC Don't Panic, two faces which were inspired by the half-inked stamps on air mail envelopes. Since then he has concentrated on the development of Australian Type Foundry, launched in January 2002, which contains (so far) a further 35 of his own original type designs. His latest is a new family of display faces called Fuse Box, based on metal packing-crate stencils found in a country second-hand store combined with psychotic ink-blots. Wayne is also currently developing Halvorsen, a sans serif family which is his first foray into extended text families.

[Wayne Thompson, March 2006]

Web: http://www.atf.com.au/

Fonts designed by Wayne Thompson:

Architect
Arum Sans
Arum Sans Black
Axiom
Barkpipe
Bosin
Carbon Credit
Carbon Tax
Chowdahead
Dallas
Decon
Demented Avenger
ITC Django
ITC Don't Panic
Equaliser
Equaliser Bold
Equaliser Stencil Black
Euron
Fresh
Fuse Box Dry
Fuse Box Splat
Fuse Box Wet
Grimsby Hand
Guttersnipe
Halvorsen
Halvorsen Extra Bold
Iperion
Jungle Bones
Lankas
Not Sassure
Ogre
Otis Condensed
ITC Panic
Pontoon
Ratbag
Spud Italic
Spud Upright
Stakeout
Tully
Virus (ATF)
Virus (Phat)
Whatever
Wobbly Boot
Zebbidy Stencil
Zoobie Decaf
Zoobie Doubleshot

About the biographies · Submit a biography