Ray Larabie

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Ray Larabie
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Nagoya, Japan
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Typographer
Years active 1996–present
Known for Designing novelty computer fonts
Home town Ottawa, Ontario

Ray Larabie (born 1970 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) 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.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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; most of his designs are display faces not meant for body text. He is particularly known for his “ubiquitous futuristic and sci-fi fonts;” Larabie specialized in that style early in his career because he felt that, other than a few examples such as Bank Gothic, Microgramma and Eurostile, the market for that style was underserved.[2]

Two of his typeface families, Marion and Superclarendon, are released with macOS.[3][4]

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Fonts by Ray Larabie
Pricedown, as seen in the Grand Theft Auto wordmark 
Coolvetica (top, compared to its inspiration Helvetica below) is, according to Larabie, his most downloaded font by far. 
Korataki, Larabie's most purchased commercial font, is used in the wordmark for video game Mass Effect
Neuropol, another popular freeware font and one of Larabie's first, was used for the 2006 Winter Olympics logo. 
Anklepants, an adaptation of a typeface used by Westinghouse Broadcasting, is seen in the logo for WVTT-FM and TV

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cabarga, Leslie. Logo, Font, & Lettering Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to the Design, Construction, and Usage of Alphabets and Symbols. Cincinnati, OH: HOW Design, 2004. 237.
  2. ^ Tselentis, Jason (August 28, 2017). "Typodermic's Raymond Larabie Talks Type, Technology & Science Fiction". How. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Fonts included with Mavericks". Apple. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Larabie, Ray. "Marion". MyFonts. Monotype. Retrieved 8 July 2015.