Custom University Type

Reed Reibstein's picture

I'm wondering how many custom typefaces have been made for colleges and universities. I'm quite familiar with the Yale typeface, and a search refreshed my memory of Victoria Sans and Serif, Californian, and Beauchef. Are there any others originally designed for a university's identity program? Thanks.

EDIT: Oh, and Basalt could fit here, too, although it seems to be for Stanford's library, not for the whole university.

eliason's picture

Was Californian made for (used by) the University of California Berkeley as a whole, or just for/by the University Press?

Reed Reibstein's picture

I think you're right, Craig. If I remember Typologia correctly, Californian was made for the press. So make that three examples of custom university type :-)

marcox's picture

The University of Sheffield commissioned custom type. It's mentioned (barely) in this partial excerpt of an article in Eye:

Reed Reibstein's picture

Thanks a lot, Marc. A bit of Google digging shows that the University commissioned HouseStyle Graphics to digitize a Modern and a Grotesque from Stephenson Blake. For others' perusal, more info here, PDF showing Stephenson and Blake in action here.

EDIT: After Sheffield's fonts got me in a British Industrial Revolution state of mind, I went looking for Bureau Grot, which it turns out is based on Grotesque No. 8 and No. 9. Since Blake is based on Grotesque No. 6, we just need someone to digitize No. 7 and we'll have a complete set! ;-)

Reed Reibstein's picture

Thanks, John. I hadn't heard of Scripps before; sounds like the College no longer really uses it, which is too bad.

will powers's picture

Scripps College Press -- a teaching press within the art department -- still uses Goudy's Scripps College Old Style in metal. See this:

& it is available as a digital font from

It sure is a Goudy face, ain't it? It'd be interesting to compare it with Goudy's University of California Old Style. A task for which I have not the time. Too bad.


Miss Tiffany's picture

Victoria Sans & Serif by Kris Sowersby for Victoria University.

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