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Chromosome American Scribe Emily Austin Broadsheet Antiquarian Set

About Brian Willson

Brian WillsonBrian Willson grew up in Austin, Texas, in the 1950s and ’60s. He bounced around the Austin music scene a while before snagging a Radio/TV/Film degree from The University of Texas in 1979. The next year he became a father and promptly high-tailed it with his little family to coastal Maine, where he worked as a broadcast and print journalist for many years.

Willson founded 3IP in 1989 to self-publish a book of pretentious nature essays. Soon after, he found himself tinkering with type design, and 3IP has since become known for its library of authentic-looking handwriting fonts—many of them modeled after historical penmanship—and antique text replications.

In the summer of 2019, Willson moved with Captain Jack, his Australian Cattle Dog mix, to Salt Lake City, where, in his free time, he enjoys birding, hiking, and nature photography. For the past few years, he’s been fiddling around with fiction.

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“This is a fantastic resource and the fonts are beautiful!”
—C.B., Bethesda MD

“I took one look at American Scribe and knew it was the Declaration of Independence before reading the ad copy. You captured it perfectly.”
—B.P., Marietta OH

“[Douglass Pen is a] stupendous achievement!”
—A.B., Encino CA

“[American Scribe] is the 3rd font I have ordered from this foundry! Love them. Thanks for the good and authentic work!”
—V.B., BC, Canada

“The fonts are just gorgeous. Always a thrill to find a great company with superior merchandise.”
—D.B., St Paul MN

“I think [Texas Hero] is amazing. It is incredibly beautiful and in my opinion looks very authentic.”
—E.H., Brookline MA

“[American Scribe] may be the greatest font ever! Everyone on the planet should have it!”
—M.P., Boulder CO

 

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