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Jokerman (typeface)

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FoundryMicrosoft, International Typeface Corporation
Date created1995

Jokerman is a decorative typeface created in 1995 by British designer Andrew K. Smith.[1] It employs dots, spirals and straight lines that can be either attached or placed near each letter or integrated into the character to create negative space. It is described by Microsoft as having "fanciful internal and external elements".[2] Smith named the typeface after the Bob Dylan song "Jokerman".[3]


International Typeface Corporation have issued two Jokerman typefaces: Jokerman and Jokerman Hellenic. Jokerman Hellenic includes glyphs for the Greek alphabet.[4]


Typeface sample

As a decorative display typeface, Jokerman is mostly used for humor and vitality.[citation needed] It has not yet seen commercial usage on television. Jokerman is commonly used as a display for signage and branding, notably in coffee shops, beverage bars, and even cafeterias due to its complicated shapes.

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  1. ^ "Jokerman™ - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts". www.myfonts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. ^ "Jokerman". www.Microsoft.com/typography. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Vampire Weekend Cover Bob Dylan's "Jokerman," Ezra Koenig Interviews Jokerman Font Creator". Stereogum. 2018-12-09. Archived from the original on 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  4. ^ "Jokerman™ - Webfont & Desktop font « Fonts". www.fonts.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01.[permanent dead link]