Tommy Thompson (type designer)
Blue Point, New York
|Died||1967 (aged 61)
New York City, New York
|Notable work(s)||Thompson Quill Script|
Samuel Winfield "Tommy" Thompson (1906 – 1967) was an American calligrapher, graphic artist and typeface designer. He was born Blue Point, New York. In 1944 he became the first designer to earn royalties for a type design, from Photo Lettering Inc. for his Thompson Quill Script. Previously, designers had worked in house for foundries or had sold the rights to their faces outright. He maintained a studio in Norwalk, Connecticut and was the author of several books on type and lettering.
- Post Headletter (1943, Monotype), privately cast for the Saturday Evening Post.
- Collier Heading (1946, Monotype), privately cast for Collier's Magazine.
- Mademoiselle (1953, Baltimore Type Foundry), matrices cut by Herman Schnorr. Originally cast for Mademoiselle Magazine, but later offered for general sale.
- Baltimore Script (1955, Baltimore Type Foundry), matrices cut by George Battee.
- Additional weights of Futura for Intertype (1950s).
- Thompson Quill Script (1953, American Type Founders), this was also made available for phototypesetting by Photo Lettering Inc..
- The script letter; its form, construction and application, New York, The Studio Publications Inc., 1939.
- How to render roman letter forms. A pattern for understanding and drawing roman letters and other styles of lettering and type faces related to them, New York, American Studio Books, 1946.
- Basic layout design; a pattern for understanding the basic motifs in design and how to apply them to graphic art problems, New York, Studio Publications, in association with Crowell, c. 1950.