Jim Parkinson

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Jim Parkinson (born October 23, 1941 Oakland, California) is a Type Designer in Oakland.

Life[edit]

Parkinson studied advertising design and painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, graduating in 1963. In 1964, he worked as a lettering artist for Hallmark Cards under Myron McVay with some consultation from Hermann Zapf. Afterwards, Parkinson moved back to Oakland, CA and freelanced as a lettering artist doing work for rock bands (including Creedence Clearwater, Taj Mahal, The Doobie Brothers, Kansas, et al.), sign painting, advertisements, packaging.[1][2]

In the mid-1970s Dan X. Solo introduced Parkinson to Roger Black who was, at that time, the newly appointed Art Director for Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco. Black hired Parkinson to design a series of typefaces and redesign the logo for Rolling Stone magazine.[3]

Although Parkinson's lettering sensibility is rooted in old wood type and signage from the 19th century and during the first part of his career he used pen and ink for finished pieces,[4] in 1990 Parkinson put away his pen and ink and embraced digital technology while working for the San Francisco Chronicle, designing fonts.

Parkinson now operates his independent type foundry Parkinson Type Design in Oakland, CA. Some of his more high-profile clients include: Fast Company, Esquire, Billboard, Newsweek, the San Francisco Examiner, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.[5]

Typefaces[edit]

Typefaces designed by Jim Parkinson include:

  • Amador, 2004
  • Amboy, 2001
  • Antique Condensed No.2, 1995
  • Avebury, 2005
  • Azuza, 2001
  • Balboa, 2001–2003
  • Benecia, 2003
  • ITC Bodoni (with Janice Prescott Fishman, Holly Goldsmith, and Sumner Stone), 1994
  • Bonita, 1996
  • Cabazon, 2005
  • FF Catchwords, 1996
  • Chuck, 2004
  • Commerce Gothic, 1998
  • Comrade, 1998
  • Diablo, 2002
  • Dreamland, 1999
  • El Grande, 1998
  • Fresno, 2001
  • Generica, 1996
  • FF Golden Gate Initials, 1996
  • Hotel, 2001
  • Industrial Gothic,
  • Jimbo, 1995
  • Keester
  • FF Matinee, 1996
  • Modesto, 2001–2003
  • Mojo, 1960
  • Montara, 2002
  • FF Motel, 1996
  • Parkinson, 1994
  • Parkinson Electra, 2011
  • Poster, 1993
  • Pueblo, 1998
  • Richmond, 2003
  • ITC Roswell, 1998
  • Showcard Gothic, 1993
  • Showcard Moderne, 1995
  • Sutro, 2003
  • Wigwag, 2001

Publications[edit]

  • “Creative Characters” Edited by Jan Middendorp, MyFonts. The Netherlands: BIS Publishers, 2010
  • “Indie Fonts 2” Edited by Richard Kegler, James Greishaber and Tamye Riggs. Buffalo, NY: P-Type Publications, 2003

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