A rich tradition of custom type.

Type Network and our foundry partners collectively have hundreds of years of experience across a wide range specialities and technologies to solve virtually any typographic problem.

Adobe Originals

The Adobe Originals program started in 1989 as an in-house type foundry at Adobe, brought together to create original typefaces of exemplary design quality, technical fidelity, and aesthetic longevity. Today the Adobe Type team’s mission is to conduct original research and development for type at Adobe, making sophisticated and even experimental typefaces that explore the possibilities of design and technology. Typefaces released as Adobe Originals — fully-featured families and smaller “Concept” projects alike — are the result of years of work and study, regarded as industry standards for the ambition and quality of their development.

Specialties

  • Language expansion
  • Font modification

Location

USA

Bold Monday

Bold Monday is an independent Dutch type foundry established in 2008 by Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen. Their catalog encompasses custom typeface design for high-profile, international clients, as well as state-of-the-art retail fonts for discerning designers. Bold Monday specializes in creating original, sometimes slightly offbeat typefaces that are always produced with great care and attention to detail.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Language expansion

Location

Netherlands

Brody Fonts

Brody Fonts is a new development in partnership with Brody Associates—Neville Brody’s global visual design agency, located in London—that specializes in typography, identity, and digital design. The foundry focuses on publishing new typefaces from Brody as well as from other studio associates and will also revisit key moments in Brody’s typographic legacy, reengineering, enhancing, and expanding some iconic font families for contemporary use.

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Typeface development

Location

UK

CabargaType

Zavier Cabarga has been drawing pictures and pictures of letters all his life. “Drawing type requires an inherent feel for anatomy and proportion, as I believe that our ancient letterforms are based upon human proportions,” Zavier said. Originally under the name Handy Lettering Co., for many years Zavier designed hand lettering for advertising clients while working full-time as an illustrator. “Working for the past 25 years on the Macintosh has enabled me to create computer fonts, which in many ways is the most satisfying thing I do. Typing a letter or manuscript with a font I’ve created makes me feel like God.”

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

USA

Carter & Cone

Matthew Carter is a type designer with fifty years’ experience in typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to digital fonts. After a long association with the Linotype companies, he was a co-founder in 1981 of Bitstream Inc., the digital type foundry, where he worked for ten years. He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., designers and producers of original typefaces.

Carter & Cone has produced custom typefaces for a range of major publications, companies, and institutions, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, and Yale University.

Carter’s type designs include ITC Galliard, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian, Bell Centennial (for the US telephone directories), and faces for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic and Devanagari. For Carter & Cone he has designed Big Caslon, Miller, and Roster, among many other celebrated favorites.

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Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

USA

CJ Type

Based in New York City, CJ designs typefaces for retail and custom clients. He enjoys both making type and using type, and is interested in the dialog between the two practices.

Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Font modification

Location

USA

CSTM Fonts

Award-winning designers Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky founded CSTM Fonts, an independent digital type design and development foundry, in Moscow in 2014. All CSTM Fonts typefaces support Cyrillic and Latin extended alphabets.

Ruderman and Ostromentsky graduated with degrees in graphic design from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts, where they studied under Alexander Tarbeev. They worked as graphic and type designers for several years before founding CSTM Fonts (and, in 2016, type.today, a Cyrillic font distributor). CSTM Fonts is the first Russian foundry to become part of Type Network.

Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Language expansion

Location

Russia

DJR

Hailing from Southern California, David started drawing type during his time at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts. There he began a handful of designs, including a text and display series for the student newspaper and a funky Wild West font called Manicotti.

From reversed stress slab serifs of the nineteenth century to Art Deco sans serifs of the twentieth, he ransacks forgotten and pigeonholed lettering styles and searches for new approaches to the same old alphabet. He delights in finding ways to turn a “rule” of letter drawing on its head or to write a program that helps accomplish a difficult task.

Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Font modification
  • Typeface development

Location

USA

Font Bureau

Font Bureau is a digital type studio and one of the leading foundries for typeface design. For over thirty years, Font Bureau has designed custom typefaces for almost every major American publication. Its retail library includes some of the most celebrated fonts on the market.

While font technologies continue to evolve, the core principles and skills required to design high-quality, worthwhile typefaces have changed little. The decisions about what designs to produce and how to craft them draw upon a base of typographic knowledge built firmly on hundreds of years of tradition. This remains the essence of what Font Bureau does and it has been successful. Font Bureau was co-founded in 1989 by publication designer and media strategist Roger Black and internationally known type designer David Berlow, initially to serve the emerging needs of microcomputer-based magazine and newspaper publishers seeking unique typographic identities.

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Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

USA

Frere-Jones Type

Frere-Jones Type is an independent type design studio in New York City, creating original typefaces for retail licensing and custom clients. The company is led by Tobias Frere-Jones and builds on his three decades of experience in print and digital environments. Combining technical expertise with historical perspective, Frere-Jones Type believes that type exists to solve problems and beauty is always part of the solution.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification
  • Variable fonts
  • Language expansion

Location

USA

Garage Fonts

GarageFonts was established in 1993, primarily as a vehicle to distribute some of the first typeface designs created for Ray Gun magazine.

Phil’s Fonts has been in the type business for over twenty-five years. The company evolved from one of the most well-known and respected photolettering studios in the typesetting industry: Phil’s Photo. In 1999, Phil’s Fonts acquired GarageFonts, which serves as a vehicle for all of Phil’s new releases.

Specialties

  • Typeface development

Location

North America

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson is an American typeface designer.

In the late 1980’s he converted a series of existing typefaces to PostScript for forward-looking corporate clients. In 1989 Greg began designing original typefaces for the new retail font market. He formed a decades-long association with The Font Bureau of Boston, and in 2016 launched his own foundry on Type Network.

Greg’s typefaces are part of the visual landscape in: branding, retail product packaging, especially food and cosmetics, restaurants, entertainment, including gaming, music and movie retail packaging and titles, book and magazine covers, and rental housing complexes.

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

USA

The Ivy Foundry

The Ivy Foundry, founded in 2016 by Jan Maack, is a small independent type foundry based in Denmark. The foundry takes its name from the fleuron—a glyph used as a punctuation mark or as an ornament for typographic compositions. It’s one of the oldest typographic ornaments, present in early Greek and Roman inscriptions. The fleuron (or header in Latin) is a stylized form of the ivy leaf.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

Denmark

Kerns & Cairns

For over 15 years, Dyana Weissman has worked with clients across various industries such as Comedy Central, Disney, Ford, the MoMA, and The Washington Post. Before she became the Custom Type Director at Type Network, she was Senior Custom Designer at the Font Bureau. Her approach to work is influenced by humanity itself: she aims to make genuine connections with her clients and believes that the best designs are endearingly flawed and, therefore, relatable. She stretches her other creative muscles by writing for Typographica.org and Alphabettes.org, taking photographs, and promoting independent film. She stretches her literal muscles by hiking frequently.

Specialties

  • Font modification
  • Language expansion
  • Typeface development

Location

USA

Kontour

Kontour is a creative studio with a focus on type design. Founded by Sibylle Hagmann in 2000, the studio started out with a broad spectrum of projects in the area of graphic, typographic, and type design.

Sibylle Hagmann began her career in Switzerland at the Basel School of Design, exploring her passion for anything type-related in California while completing her MFA at CalArts. During this time she developed typefaces, most notably the award-winning Cholla family, originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design and released soon after by Emigre in 1999. Cholla was among the winning entries of bukva:raz!, the 2001 type design competition of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). Hagmann's typeface family Odile, first published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award that same year. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Clubs of New York and Japan. Hagmann has presented her work nationally and internationally at typography conferences and educational institutions, also teaching occasional workshops. She has been a professor at the University of Houston’s School of Art since 2002.

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Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

USA

Lipton Letter Design

Before launching his own foundry, Richard Lipton was a senior designer at the Font Bureau developing original typefaces as well as custom designs for international clients.

He began his lettering journey while studying art and design in college where he was introduced to the magic of calligraphy. Essentially self-taught, Lipton continued his calligraphic studies independently and upon graduating in 1974 he freelanced as a calligrapher, sign painter, and graphic designer. In 1983, Lipton joined Bitstream, an innovative digital type foundry, under the guidance of Mike Parker and Matthew Carter and helped make Bitstream’s retail library one of the most respected in the industry. In his tenure as a senior designer, Lipton developed two original type families: Arrus, and Cataneo (in collaboration with Jacqueline Sakwa). After leaving Bitstream in 1991, Lipton once again created an independent lettering studio and designed many original typefaces including Bickham Script Pro for Adobe and Sloop for Font Bureau. Lipton is currently on the faculty at RISD where he teaches both type design and calligraphy.

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Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification
  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

USA

LudwigType

LudwigType, an independent type foundry founded by Ludwig Übele, offering not only high-quality fonts, but also new and exclusive type designs, custom lettering, and the customization of retail fonts.

Specialties

  • Font modification
  • Language expansion

Location

Germany

Mark Simonson

Mark Simonson has thinking about and drawing letters for as long as he can remember. One thing led to another, and he’s been making fonts full-time since 2005.

In the mid-nineties, Mark released his first digital fonts to very modest success. Things started getting serious when he quit his day job and opened Mark Simonson Studio in 2000, working in earnest to create and release new fonts. By 2005, he was finally making fonts full-time. To date, he has released 24 original typeface families comprising almost 200 fonts.

Mark likes to think that the years he spent as a designer using fonts give him an appreciation for what designers look for in a font—that fonts are tools for making things, not ends in and of themselves. He tries to make fonts that he would want to use himself, if only they existed.

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Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Typeface development

Location

USA

Monokrom

Frode Bo Helland and Sindre Bremnes founded Monokrom, a small independent type foundry based in Norway, in 2012. They pride themselves on offering meticulous, original designs with a Nordic touch. Their typefaces are built to last, inspiring an appreciation for their attention to detail in the years to come. The foundry also offers custom type solutions and lettering, including design-specific and technical optimization for low-resolution environments.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Language expansion
  • Lettering and logotypes

Location

Norway

Newlyn

Miles Newlyn helps agencies achieve great, award-winning work for their clients. From Zaha Hadid to the Tate Gallery, Miles’ work has been part of moving the best and brightest to the heart of contemporary culture. In 2009, Miles established his independent foundry, focusing on creating typographic voices for some of the world’s biggest and best businesses. Miles deftly injects his signature style into purposeful custom and retail typefaces, all displaying his acute grasp of aesthetics and functionality. The Newlyn collection presents a compact yet varied range of faces engineered for print and online use.

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

UK

Occupant Fonts

“Occupant” is an open-ended word. To be an occupant, you have to show up. Occupant Fonts believes in being present and open-minded. Typefaces occupy, engage, and express within spaces often structured by others.

Occupant Fonts is Cyrus Highsmith, June Shin, Cem Eskinazi, Marie Otsuka, and Nic Schumann. We are an international team of diverse backgrounds, hailing from Fort Atkinson, Seoul, İzmir, Yokohama, and Hamburg.

Founded by Cyrus Highsmith in 2015, Occupant Fonts is relatively young compared to his 20+ years of experience as a type designer. Occupant Fonts joined Morisawa in 2017 to be the Japanese type company’s Latin alphabet counterpart, focusing on developing original typefaces.

Specialties

  • Language expansion
  • Typeface development
  • Variable fonts

Location

USA

Plau

Music sparks conversations, brings people together, and moves ideas forward. So does type.

Plau moves type forward through teaching and workshops and designing type, brand identities, and fonts for people and the brands they love. Their work is used and seen by millions of people every day, from Rede Globo (Brazil’s largest media company) to Staples and Valve, one of the world’s largest video game platforms.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification
  • Language expansion

Location

Brazil

Retype

Retype is an independent type foundry created in 2007 and based in The Hague. Ramiro Espinoza runs the foundry in close collaboration with his partner, Paula Mastrangelo.

Because Retype originally had a keen interest in Dutch vernacular typefaces and lettering, the first typefaces they released related to those styles. Since then, they’ve completed more complex and ambitious projects, and their library has expanded to include classic type families oriented to editorial and corporate markets. Retype has worked on custom type projects for companies like Volvo, G-Star, and Dyson.

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

Netherlands

Revolver Type Foundry

Founded in 2017 by Lukas Schneider, the foundry is based in the suburbs of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Revolver Type Foundry has over a decade of experience working internationally in the fields of typeface design, font production, lettering, logotypes, and foreign alphabets. They foundry has been developing ground-breaking tools to improve, simplify, and streamline the design and production processes of digital fonts.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification
  • Language expansion

Location

Germany

Roger Black

Roger Black started out as a publication designer in the 1970s, working as the chief art director at Rolling Stone, New York, the New York Times, and Newsweek. He opened his own design firm in 1987, and two years later founded Font Bureau. Black was an early adopter of desktop publishing, and then of the web, designing sites for MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, and drugstore.com in the mid-nineties. He continues with print, and is the editor and designer of a quarterly magazine, TYPE. Last but not least, he’s on the board at Type Network.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

USA

supertype

Supertype® believes the central aspect of any corporate design is its typography, for you cannot not use type. With this mindset they develop an individual typographic language for each client, focusing on brand values, as well as aesthetic and technical needs. With over twenty years’ experience, partners Jürgen Huber and Martin Wenzel have produced high quality bespoke fonts for a broad client base of global corporations (GORE®, Lidl Int.), public institutions (German Federal Government, Glasgow School of Art) and modest local players (South Tyrol, Giesinger Brewery).

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Font modification

Location

Germany

Type-Ø-Tones

Type-Ø-Tones is a typographic design company founded in 1990 by Joan Barjau, Enric Jardí, Laura Meseguer, and José Manuel Urós.

In the words Jan Middendorp words: “They’re a loosely-knit collective of independent individuals, each with their own activities as graphic designers, writers, and teachers. They have been making and publishing fonts since the early days of desktop type design and pioneered digital techniques that are now commonplace. Their fonts represent an approach that is, perhaps, typically Catalan: simultaneously adventurous and serious, witty and well-conceived.”

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Language expansion
  • Font modification

Location

Spain

TYPETR

After decades of publishing through Font Bureau, Petr van Blokland co-founded Type Network, where he exclusively releases new typefaces under the TYPETR label. He plans to publish new families on a regular basis and will also write the occasional educational post about graphic design, typography in general, and how to use type in particular.

Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Typeface development

Location

Netherlands

Underware

Zealotry wouldn’t be an inappropriate collective noun for Underware. They not only design typefaces, they live type.

There is an inherent honesty to their enthusiasm that betrays no snobbery—they simply think that type is very interesting and that everyone, given the chance, might think so, too. Underware’s typefaces stand out thanks to unique aesthetics, quality, and a considered collective presence. Underware finds equal pleasure in crafting custom fonts, lettering, and logotypes for brands like Mr. Porter, Stockmann, Marco O’Polo, Daimler, KONE and DuncanChannon—and in developing purposeful retail fonts like Zeitung, Bello, Auto, Dolly and Liza. Underware was founded in 1999 by Akiem Helmling, Sami Kortemäki and Bas Jacobs and is based in the Hague, Helsinki and Amsterdam.

Specialties

  • Variable fonts
  • Typeface development
  • Language expansion

Location

Europe

Victoria Rushton

Victoria was trained as a type designer at Font Bureau, where she spent her time lovingly kerning, plotting and snacking. She went to RISD and studied illustration because she loved to draw, but turns out the main thing she wanted to draw was letters, and that's how she finds herself here, writing this little blurb, and she's really glad you're here too.

Specialties

  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Font modification

Location

USA

XYZ Type

XYZ Type is the independent type foundry co-founded by Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan. The two designers strive to make fonts that are unexpected but practical, drawing upon their experience working with branding, advertising, and publication designers.

Specialties

  • Typeface development
  • Lettering and logotypes
  • Variable fonts

Location

USA

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