Chank Diesel

What goes into creating a font? Minneapolis-based font designer Chank Diesel takes MN Original behind the letters as he designs a new font based on the old Hollywood Theater sign in Northeast Minneapolis. Chank sells his fonts (and also distributes free fonts) from his website, He often creates custom fonts for corporations and his fonts have appeared on Taco Bell wrappers, Honeycomb cereal boxes, Tanqueray billboards, bottles of Ocean Spray cranberry drink, and in the title design for the movie James and the Giant Peach. Chank is also a prolific painter and most of his paintings feature his trademark yellow “little dude” looking back at you.

This segment aired as part of MN Original Episode #228.

Minnesota Music in this Segment:

Blue Sky Blackout
Neighborhood Trio
Alison Scott
Jeremy Messersmith

Special Thanks:
Photos of Chank Diesel courtesy John Wallace
Adam Turman
Anne Ulku

Artist web site: profile: Chank Diesel

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