Andy Cruz and Rich Roat quit their jobs and set up Brand Design Co., Inc. in the spare room of Rich's apartment.
Allen Mercer joins Brand Design Co., Inc. as a partner as he entered his senior year at Temple’s Tyler School of Art.
We scam some free paper for Custom Papers Group, Rich trades some Quark Xpress training with the local quick printer, Andy cooks up the name "House Industries" and we start a font company.
Somebody calls from Warner Brothers Records to order fonts. Unfortunately, we had only drawn enough letters to spell out the names of the fonts, so we had to invoke the “allow four to six weeks for delivery” clause.
We pick up Custom Papers Group as a client
“Leatherette” font catalog mails. Phone rings off the hook. We hire our first real employee, Luong Nguyen.
Custom Papers Group mails our first “Custom Cars” mailer
Jeremy Dean graduates from Tyler, joins House Industries. His desk is in the kitchen in front of the stove.
We release our first “themed” font collection, The Bad Neighborhood.
Custom Papers Group Shop Manual printed, sets the tone for the forthcoming Street Van collection
Scrawl Collection Released
House Industries moves to 427 Tatnall Street in Wilmington.
Jeremy witnesses a crunk eating an old sandwich, then vomiting it into the void space in a block wall. Ken catches an amorous couple on the hood of his Honda in the Tatnall Street parking lot.
House Industries regrets moving to 427 Tatnall Street in Wilmington.
Ken Barber joins the crew.
Adam Cruz does his first painting for House Industries during his freshman year at University of Delaware
Adam Cruz joins the crew
Street Van Collection Released
Rat Fink Fonts Released
Monster Fonts Released
Tiki Type Released
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth stops at House Industries to take a break between car shows and join us for a little open house in our unfinished Tatnall Street studio.
House Gothic Released
“We don’t really dig the web as a medium, so you may have noticed that our site has no high-tech font downloading system. All you can do is buy this catalog (and you already have one if you’re reading this), so just pick up the phone like the rest of us cave dwellers and call 800-888-4390 to order.”
Chris Cooper visits our Tatnall Street studio for the Typography of Coop release party.
Typography of Coop Released
Sign Painter fonts released.
The first issue of House Magazine hits the streets. We discover the difficult world of publishing periodicals.
House-a-rama fonts released. Font downloads allowed after web purchase. We dig the web as a medium. Speaking of web, we discover how cheap web printing is.
Andy, Ken and Rich give quite possibly the most boring lecture in design conference history. Afterwards, the trio cooks up the idea to play live music with a low-tech House multi-media show as a backdrop.
The House Industries band makes its debut at the AIGA Biennial Conference in Las Vegas. Chee Perlman turns off Rich’s microphone but we greased the sound guy’s palm before the show, so he turned us up louder.
Chalet font collection released.
The second issue of House Magazine hits the streets. We re-discover the difficult world of publishing periodicals.
House Industries moves to its present location in Yorklyn, Delaware
Tal Leming Joins House Industries
The third issue of House Magazine hits the streets. We tire of the difficult world of publishing periodicals.
Bondé Prang gets a co-op gig at House Industries while still in high school. Andy Cruz did the same in 1989 at Wilmington’s Miller Mauro Group, where he ran into Rich Roat.
We discover how boring, unforgiving and repetitive web printing is. Much more money is spent on sheet-fed printing with the Neutraface catalog.
We release the first version of Neutraface.
Amidst an unprecedented viral fanfare, we release the Shag collection.
Tropical Storm Hugo blows in, dumps several inches of rain in two hours and floods our storage area. We spend the next week covering the studio floor with vellum, tracing paper and original drawings so they could dry out. Most of the new Shag catalogs were lost.
House Industries 10-year book published. In year 11.
Neutraface Condensed joins its wider sibling.
The Ed Benguiat collection is released with some of the most innovative application of OpenType features in Latin-language-based fonts.
John Downer’s Paperback is released.
Katie Wilson survives a heinous internship to earn a spot on the crew.
Ben Kiel surrenders his MA in typeface design from the University of Reading to join the staff.
Tal Leming finishes the 105 different variations of the United collection.
Tal Leming’s Burbank collection is released.
Neutraface No. 2 is released.
After several years of curve drawing, code breaking and heart aching, we release Ken Barber’s Studio Lettering collection.
Our Letters & Ligatures exhibition makes the scene at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery.
Too busy working to update the timeline.