The Prince of Fonts
I <3 Ray Larabie
“The Prince of Fonts” is an art book containing 100 pages of typographic experiments and real-world design examples using type families created by Ray Larabie. Larabie is a prolific type designer (originally from Ontario, Canada but now hailing from Nagoya Japan) who crafted hundreds of fonts since the mid-1990’s, many of which he released for free. As a result, Ray’s fonts can be seen just about everywhere. Check out Larabie’s full collection at Typodermic.
Many typography enthusiasts focus on better known (perhaps more legitimized by the art world) type designers. However, I felt compelled to place the spotlight on Larabie, who I consider to be a kind of folk hero. By generating a vast collection of type designs and families, many of them influenced by games or posters from his youth and generated quickly, primarily for pleasure, and without much concern for meeting any kind of standard, Larabie made type design accessible to anyone interested in either designing type or designing with type. Rules were broken. All kinds of chaos has likely ensued. His work can be described as bold…even silly, as well as sophisticated, elegant, and modern. He also happens to be a terrifically kind and cool human being. The Prince of Fonts book, co-written by myself and Matt Parish, is available on Amazon.
“With a blatant disregard for design industry etiquette, he tossed hundreds of personally designed fonts into the untested waters of the internet.”
The Land of Larabie
“Ray has created over 300 type families. If you didn’t know who he was before, then it’s likely you’ve seen his work somewhere without knowing it.”
In addition to the print version, an app version of the book was also designed, which also allowed the user to interact with and test out the type families featured within the book. The digital version also includes other interactive content enhancements like video, visual page navigation, and social sharing features.