Since 1994, Tiro Typeworks has established a reputation for both design and technical quality in digital font production. From beginnings as an independent retail type foundry, the company, which still consists of founders John Hudson and Ross Mills, has developed into a highly regarded developer of custom typefaces and font solutions for major software developers, academic organisations and publishers, and government. Since 1997, Tiro Typeworks has specialised in fonts for multilingual computing and publishing, making fonts for a variety of scripts, writing systems and unique technical applications. This work includes extensions to existing Latin typefaces (for instance, new Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew companions for Helvetica Linotype), original single and multi-script typefaces designed by Hudson and Mills, and collaborations with Tiro’s associate designers.
To date, Tiro Typeworks has produced new typefaces for Arabic, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Burmese, Cherokee, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Devanagari, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Oriya, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Sinhalese, Latin (including extended and IPA), Ogham, and Thai scripts, as well as technical and symbol fonts for CAD software, stock ticker software, and production of fonts for mathematical and scientific and academic typesetting. Tiro’s client list includes Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Linotype Library, Microsoft Corporation, the Government of Nunavut, the Society of Biblical Literature, Brill Academic Publishing and numerous smaller software companies, publishers and design agencies. Several of these typeface designs have been recognised in international competitions, as has co-founder John Hudson’s ‘outstanding contribution to the development of Cyrillic typography and international typographic communications’ (Golden Buki prize, Kyrillitsa ’99) and Ross Mills’ Pigiarniq (Euphemia) was one of the winners of the bukva:raz! award in 2001.
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Fonts } Restraint
Designed by Marian Bantjes & Ross Mills
Restraint is an ornament font which happens to contain letterforms. It is 100% fanciful all the time, and not for those timid of heart. It contains numerous squiggles and curly bits for creating blocks of exuberance, borders, frames, and graphic flights of fancy. Instructions for use included.
Fonts } Huronia Now Available
Designed by Ross Mills 2005–2010
Our newest retail offering; the first version of Huronia has been released and is available in its Standard Edition in Regular, Bold and Italic.
Various resources and links to articles related to North American syllabic writing systems, including the Canadian Syllabic script as well as the Cherokee script. Various fonts for these scripts are or will shortly be available, including Euphemia, Plantagenet Cherokee and Wawatay.
This site serves as an outlet for retail font licensing, as well as showcasing our extensive custom font work and research projects and providing a range of resources to both users and makers of type. We’ll be adding new material to the site over time, including details of select projects from the past ten years, more articles, and some fonts with free end-user licenses. Visitors familiar with our old website, and the small collection of Postscript Type 1 fonts available for retail licensing that it catalogued, will note their absence. These early fonts have been withdrawn from circulation as they no longer reflect either our interests as designers or our goal as manufacturers to supply typographers and readers with robust, individual and flexible (and sometimes novel) type solutions.
Developer & User Resources
A series of resources for font developers and end-users including encodings, character set management and Python scripts for use in conjunction with Fontlab, as well as utilities and keyboard drivers.
Articles & Projects
James Evans, a short biography
History of Canadian Syllabics series I
In the wilderness of Rupert’s Land, a Wesleyan missionary, James Evans, develops a new writing system for the Cree language. Deprived of the materials necessary for printing, he manufactures his own; casting type and printing using the limited resources available to him.
See Also: Syllabics Main Page