DaveBailey.xyz is the online portfolio of Oakland-based font designer Dave Bailey. According to his website, he has been designing typefaces and lettering for 15 years, including fonts for RedHat, Magic: The Gathering, Root Insurance, Starbucks, and Dropbox. He is currently collaborating on custom fonts and letters with clients such as Dot 3 Studios, a San Diego-based visual effects studio, and KiloWatts, an electronic musician from Philadelphia. His specialties include font design, font production, lettering, and logo design.
Dave’s Twitter account @davebaily_xyz shows that he is a fan of flying kites and riding bikes around Oakland, spotting classic cars, developing his plant care skills, and promoting opportunities for underrepresented designers. He was able to get his firstnamelastname Twitter handle by adding “_xyz” to the end – a great “life hack” for when you have a relatively common name. He uses his account to share his excitement for how popular his font creations have become in the real world. An especially popular font is Prospectus, which is described on DaveBailey.xyz/fonts as a crisp, bold, and contemporary choice. It’s in use by a wide variety of businesses and organizations including craft seltzer brand Stowe Cider, independent bookstore Upstart & Crow, and Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company. He also uses his platform to bring awareness to causes he believes in. He recently shared information about The Malee Scholarship, which provides grants, creative mentorship, and professional guidance “to advance and empower women who are part of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the type design field.”
Check out Dave’s Fonts page to see a visual representation of his font work. You can select any of the seven typefaces from the organized grid of fonts to read their description and the inspiration behind them. Some fonts are even available for download. One example is a font called Blkltr, which Dave explains was conceptualized in 2011 when he was working on some bold, flourished, blackletter caps for a freestyle logotype t-shirt design. Another, Prospectus, is described as a bold, contemporary serif family with four optical sizes to choose from.
You can then visit the Lettering page to see examples of Dave’s letter-based logo designs. Click on each option to see the full image of the design with a description. An example is Fun To Death, which Dave explains is a logotype for an electronic music producer, inspired by the funky system of stencil typography used on city streets.
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We are excited to have DaveBailey.xyz in the .xyz community of talented creatives. We end the alphabet with xyz, and we think that the .xyz domain ending is perfect for a letter-centric professional who was taught, as he shares on his About page, that practical function matters and that everything has its place. You can see more of Dave’s typeface design work by following him on his well-branded Instagram @davebailey.xyz and Twitter @davebailey_xyz, or by visiting DaveBailey.xyz.