12 Type Foundries & Font Designers
Every designer knows at least a few good type foundries, like Linotype, Dafont, Adobe and The Font Bureau. If you don’t know these foundries, shame on you. A designer wants to be original; sometimes needing unique fonts for their clients. We have written a small list of type foundries and font designers that you may not know. If you look hard enough you might even find a free font, or a few fonts to try out before you buy them. So check them out…
“Since 1989, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones have helped some of the world’s foremost publications, corporations, and institutions develop their unique voice through typography. Their body of work includes some of the world’s most famous designs, typefaces marked by both high performance and high style.”
“Veer makes it easier to be creative with a reliable and affordable selection of creative stock photography, stock illustrations, fonts, and creative merchandise. Our creative elements help people add style to business, marketing, and personal design projects – from web sites and blog posts to business presentations and ad campaigns.”
“Known throughout the world as a prolific type foundry, House Industries has made a considerable impact on the world of design. House Industries fonts scream from billboards, wish happy whatever from tens of thousands of greeting cards, serve as the basis for consumer product logos and add elements of style to a wide range of mainstream media.”
“DSType is a multi-awarded type foundry that specialises in the design of typefaces for publications, corporations and cultural institutions worldwide. DSType has been featured in several magazines and books and we are invited to give lectures and workshops all over the world.”
“From a studio in Golden Valley, Minnesota we make typefaces for today’s designers. Our work includes the publicly available typefaces shown on our website to custom fonts for clients ranging from Chevrolet to the Walker Art Centre. We’ve been featured in Eye, PRINT, étapes, HOW, Metropolis, and STEP magazines as well as the book Lettering and Type.”
“The Northern European type collaboration Typolar builds on the Scandinavian tradition of sturdy functionalism. For us it means clever type families built on fresh ideas. Working closely with the publishing industry has made our fonts ideally suited for editorial work. Moreover, many have found them a great fit in branding and identities. And that’s how we like it.”
“Emtype is a small foundry located in Barcelona. The “Emtype philosophy” is to produce original types of high quality, as much for display as for text use.”
“TypeTogether’s main interest is finding innovative and stylish solutions to old problems for the professional market of text typefaces, with a focus on editorial use.The quality of TypeTogether’s work has been already recognised in several international competitions, including TDC and ED-Awards.”
“The Feliciano Type Foundry represents the typographic and type design work of Mário Feliciano.His typefaces range from contemporary display and text fonts to classic interpretations of early Spanish types. His designs include exclusive fonts for Banco Espírito Santo, and for the newspapers, Expresso, El País and Svenska Dagbaldet, being his most popular design, Flama, used by The Sunday Times, Politiken, Playboy and Newsweek among many other publications.”
“Suitcase Type Foundry is an independent type foundry, founded by Tomas Brousil in 2003 in Prague, Czech Republic. We are specialised in the design and digitisation of quality fonts for professional use. Apart from retail type we also produce custom typefaces for corporate use and other specific purposes on commission. Our library offers over 200 fonts.”
“Founded in 1994, Typofonderie is an independent digital type foundry in France, designing, manufacturing and distributing a selection of high quality typefaces for adventurous digital typographers. This is the first place in the world to buy our digital fonts.”
“Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian. The company publishes retail fonts developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two when they work together on type design projects.
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