I’m Ray Larabie, from Ottawa, Canada. When I was very young, my grandmother brought me stacks of dry-transfer lettering (Letraset) from work. I learned the names of fonts and became an instant font junkie. When I got my first computer, the TRS-80, I got into font editing software and started making my own fonts. After attending a few years of art school, I went to college and got a Classical Animation Diploma. I ended up as an art director in the video game business but never lost my love for fonts. In the late 1990’s, I started making free fonts and releasing them on my site Ray Larabie Freeware Typeface of the Week. I changed the site name to Larabie Fonts and made fonts by the hundreds. In 2001, I started a commercial font venture. Two years later, I was able to quit my day job and work on fonts full time. I moved to Japan in 2008 and I continue making fonts to this day. My company is Typodermic Fonts Inc. 株式会社, based in the city of Nagoya, Japan.
When I’m not making fonts, I’m podcasting and learning to speak Japanese. More about here here: about.me/raylarabie
You don’t need to ask permission to use my fonts for commercial use. All my fonts, free or otherwise, are licensed for commercial use. You can use them for logos, clothing, posters on so forth. Read the license agreement for details. Free means free, but I would’t say no to a sandwich.