The Terminal Design Type Catalog

Type catalogs are, by their nature, always out of date. This one is. It contains almost everything I have designed up to the winter of 2015, but these catalogs take time and I couldn’t stop designing type while it was in production, so there had to be some sort of cut-off point as to what was included and what was not. Just to be clear, everything in this catalog was created by one person. Me. I drew every glyph, spaced and programmed every font, and chose the name for every design (perhaps the most difficult task of all).

Ever since my days as a magazine art director, I have both loved and been disappointed by type. I loved mixing, arranging and discovering different type designs, but was always disappointed by the lack of weights and widths of most designs. Twenty-five years ago I started Terminal Design, and began to create the type that I wished I had access to when I needed it the most.

Type is a tool, and I try to create useful tools. Some of my designs are a bit idiosyncratic, but mostly I have tried to create straightforward type families containing a variety of styles to give the user as many options as possible. It is my goal to create type families that represent the major historical genres, and since they come from one designer’s hand, all work well together. I hope you find this catalog useful.

Endless thanks to my good friend Charles Nix for designing such a beautiful book.

James Montalbano
from Brooklyn on the terminal moraine

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Indices and Appendices

• One-line Typographic Pairings
• Display and Text Pairings
• Comparison of x-Heights Index
• Index of Stylistic Sets
• Index of Type Families
• Earmark Indices
• One-line Index

Type Family Specimens

Each typeface includes a full character set display, one-line settings and text settings examples.

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