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|Known for||Designing novelty computer fonts|
|Home town||Ottawa, Ontario|
Ray Larabie (born 1970 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian designer of TrueType and OpenType computer fonts. Larabie is, as of 2013, the proprietor of Typodermic Fonts, which distributes both commercially licensed and shareware/freeware fonts.
Beginning in 1996, Larabie distributed his designs over the internet as freeware, operating as his own independent type foundry LarabieFonts. Larabie was employed at Rockstar Toronto and had contributed his designs to multiple video game titles, including the hit series' Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne, before he quit the company in 2002 to focus full-time on type design. He relocated to Nagoya, Japan in 2008.
Larabie primarily specializes in sans-serif novelty typefaces that are intended for use in desktop publishing and graphic design. The logo for Grand Theft Auto, for instance, uses Larabie's Pricedown font, which is based on the logo for the international game show The Price Is Right. In addition to game shows, Larabie has also used 1960s and 1970s graphic logos, computer emulation, and other inspirations to design his fonts; few of his fonts, if any, are meant for body text.
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