Gillespie was also known as Neue Riesling

Gillespie // Aphrodite Revitalized

Gillespie :: Honoring a jazz great and
revitalizing Richard Nebiolo’s Aphrodite

Darren’s story of wanting a licensed typeface that had twice died starts with Riesling.

A number of times, Darren was looking for a typeface that threw back to the 20’s and 30’s gaslamp years. In his searches, Riesling kept calling. The only problem is he couldn’t find a valid license of use, and his ethics kept him from just using it.

Finally, in 2014, Darren started getting serious about wanting to research the history and try and find who owned the rights to offer usage to the typeface. Eventually, he found that the originator was Richard Nebiolo’s creation, Aphrodite, for PhotoLettering, Inc in 1970.

Through continued research and discussion, he was determined to go back to the artwork and expand upon the shapes and forms, a number of elements got upgraded, and new elements were created, including the Euro.

Now the typeface is available with a Creative Commons Attributions license.


Gillespie was also known as Neue Riesling