BACKGROUND: The serializing technique known as crash numbering has been in use since before computers started roaming the earth... some say as far back as the days of phrenology and 5˘ sasparillas. If you’ve ever bought a raffle ticket or been handed a claim check you've experienced crash numbering first hand. Our digital simulacrum, which we are proud to present here and now, includes Serif and Gothic styles; three variants of each numeral; and a smattering of numerical symbols. It's ideal for numbering invoices, gift certificates, under-garments... anything that'll hold still long enough to run through your inkjet printer. And it’s free.
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Philip Krayna has been exploring the world of graphic design for more than a decade. His interest in typography was sparked while still in college when he worked at SMART magazine with Roger Black, Jonathan Hoeffler and other future Font Bureau alumni. Travels to Central America, East Europe, and even his hometown of Buffalo NY further piqued his interest in rare typographies and stylistic movements, and his observations and explorations lead to articles for 'Print', 'Communication Arts', and 'Metropolis'. He has also served as a design instructor at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the University of Santa Cruz Extension. As a core member of the Bay Area's letterpress community, he curated the acclaimed 'Makeready' exhibit at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and has designed and printed numerous letterpress gems. Some of his recent design work can be seen at Philip Krayna Design
RXC — Rodrigo Xavier Cavazos is Principal of PSY/OPS Type Foundry, and the Instructor of Typeface Design at CCA. His fixation with type and lettering began in 1984 with the discovery of a bitmap font editor for Apple II computers. Since dedicating himself full-time to type development in the early nineties, he's had the privilege of collaborating with many notable type designers and foundries. He, his wife and son live in a creekside bungalow seven train stops from downtown SF. When not working on a font, he can be found working on another font.
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