A 2009 application
of Yan Series 333 JY, one of Jack Yans earliest
released typeface families.
JY&A Fonts is dedicated to creating elegant, refined and timeless
work for its clients, for both retail customers and custom commissions.
We have one of the longest continuous histories of type design in the
Think back to 1987, before the World Wide Web. Despite the Mac, fonts
were still largely the province of professional compositors and typesetters.
It was in this environment that Jack Yan started a design firm in 1987
with an emphasis on lettering in Wellington, New Zealand, which, coincidentally,
was the same city in which the father of New Zealand typeface design,
Joe Churchward, was based.
In the early years, Yan and Churchward never crossed
paths. Churchward International Typefaces closed around the time JY&A
Fonts opened, and Yan was left to develop his range in isolation.
Yans earliest work has never been digitalized.
Those were his testing-ground, submitted by post and courier to some of
the worlds leading foundries, unrefined and rough. Other than submitting,
there was little chance of peer review, electronically, at that point
in the 1980s for a designer in New Zealand. After learning the ropes,
his first PostScript and TrueType work eventually emerged, a pioneering
move at the time, making him New Zealands first digital typeface
designer, by chance more than by design.
JY&A Fonts began licensing globally and was one
of the first to sell its range online, through early distributors such
as Flashline and Makambo.
Yan Series 333 was a development
of Jacks own lettering style which is one of the more successful
marriages of hand lettering and typography. JY Integrity,
developed for QuickDraw GX, followed in the 1990s, as well as his JY
Ætna, a revival project based on the work of Francesco Griffo
and Giovantonio Tagliente launched the same year. These typefaces had
some 2,800 kerning pairs. JY Décennie
and Décennie Express, the former originally
developed for an Australian broadsheet, are intended for web as well as
print usage. JY Comic Pro, designed by Antonio
González de Santiago, shows that JY&As reputation for timelessness
extends to fun and useful fonts, too. JY Koliba,
designed by Jure Stojan, continues the JY&A Fonts tradition for the
new millennium. OpenType fonts débuted in 2003. Designs from David
Philpott, Greg Bastin and Mark Geardfellow Australasian type designershave
joined the JY&A Fonts range.
In Greg Bastins own words: Ive always had a strong interest
in art, painting and drawing from a young age. Since school Ive
worked as a graphic artistdesigner in Melbourne, Australia. With
my painting, Ive always had a strong interest in wildlife art, which
led to a greater appreciation of Australiana in general. I started looking
for an Australian-looking typeface to complement the Australiana
designsthought Id try one based on the shape of a boomerang!
The result is JY Boomerang, which I think has
a distinctly Australian flavour and feel.
Mark Geard is a New Zealander who has worked for the major part of his
life as a graphic designer. He was co-partner in one of his country’s
leading design firms, Missen and Geard Ltd. In 1998 he took up a position
at Massey University and was Programme Leader in the Visual Communication
Design Department. His specialist area is typography and typeface design.
Many Massey graduates credit Mark for their expertise and passion for
Antonio González de Santiago
A cartoonist who has worked for El Pais, Antonio González
de Santiago developed his comic book styles to complement the Spanish-language
editions of American strips. His first design for JY&A Fonts, JY
Comic Pro, exhibits a fun and free style that is also in keeping with
JY&As aim of producing timeless and practical typefaces.
Todd was born in 1969. He has done projects including technical illustration,
advertising, storyboards for TV commercials, web design, package design,
industrial design, logos and corporate identity designs. Todd founded
Bannigan Artworks in 1998. He designed JY Arts &
From his Lower Hutt, New Zealand base, David Philpott has worked not only
on JY Circles, his first commercial release,
but on type for a major financial multinational. He was pivotal in getting
JY&A Fonts range ready for the euro in 2002 and has seen his
work featured in Desktop.
A type whiz as well as an excellent designer, David Philpott is fast becoming
a mainstay in the antipodean type community. He is a graduate of Massey
Danielle Smith was born March 18, 1991 in Wellington, and developed her first typeface when studying at Massey University, majoring in graphic design. Her first typeface family, JY Dandy, was sketched by hand and its letters laboriously placed individually for a university project, before being put in to a font-editing program. It was later edited in FontLab, and an italic added. Danielle expects to complete future designs, with Fine being developed as a sister family to Dandy. Outside type, she has a love of hand-made crafts.
Based in Pesnica, Slovenia, Jure Stojan is the talented designer behind
JY Koliba, JY Raj
and JY Klin. Blessed with an eye for typographic
balance and harmony, his sans serif designs have given the JY&A Fonts
range a European flair.
Jack Yan is arguably Australasias best-known typeface designer.
His expertise includes type work for multinational corporations, fonts
for campaigns and specialist software. He holds a bachelors degree
in law and two postgraduate degrees in marketing and business. He was
a co-founder of TypeRight, is a regular
and long-running correspondent to Desktop, and consults on branding
and identity issues at JY&A
Consulting and the Medinge Group.
His personal site is at jackyan.com.