10 fantastic Type Foundries

You spent the last couple of weeks getting an in-depth look at typography with Alex’s “Crash Course in Typography”:

All of that type history has lead to a huge culture of type, where hundreds of font nerds have created thousands of stunning fonts.

This is a collection of cool font creators: Font Foundries, also called Type Foundries, which specialize in the design of typefaces. These are the guys we’re always telling you to go to when you need to know the licensing of a typeface you want to use in your design. It’s where your favorite fonts are born.

These 10 font foundries are innovative beyond belief! Check ’em out:

Ten Dollar Fonts

Barceloneta, by Diogo Pisoeiro

Ten Dollar Fonts is a collective of graphic designers banded together to create a store of amazing fonts, for the low price of $10 (commercial use runs a bit more, so make sure to check the price before you buy!)

Pintassilgo Prints

Attic for YouWorkForThem

Brazilian-based type foundry Pintassilgo Prints has a great variety of quirky opentype options for designers — ranging from utterly whimiscal to bold and straightforward — all with a hand-drawn feel.

dooType

très très chic, by Eduilson Wessler Coan

Another Brazilian Type foundry, dooType, is the work of designer Eduilson Wessler Coan. Though he’s only got five fonts on display right now, each one is crafted to perfection and is terrifically elegant — beautiful for design.

Font Fabric

Intro Free Font (graphic designed by Miroslav Bekyarov)

This Independent Type Foundry develops bold and usable fonts developed to be effective in all types of design: logo, web, print, and more. And they offer a whole series of free fonts — as always, check the license before using a free font in your work.

HvD Fonts

Blow Up, by Hannes von Döhren

German Designer Hannes von Döhren opened HvD fonts in 2005 in Berlin and has since amassed a wonderful series of fonts, so different in style and tone that he’s got to have one for any use you could think of.

Latinotype

Regia Sans Pro, by Luciano Vergara

Chilean digital type foundry Latinotype specializes in creating South American (latino) inspired typefaces with a contemporary feel.

Storm Type Foundry

Bahnhof, by František Štorm

Storm Type Foundry makes it’s home in Prague, and was created with the aim of “restoring the values of classical typography for the benefit of digital technologies.” The Foundry has a rich collection of classic fonts but also mixes it up with experimental type.

Lost Type Co-Op

The Lost Type Co-Op is another collection of designers looking to band together and present a fantastic collection of fonts. But with this co-op, it’s pay-what-you-want and the funds go directly to the fonts’ creator. The sheer number of designers participating on the site means that there’s a ton of variety in the kinds of fonts that you can find here!

Bold Monday

Trio Grotesk, by Florian Schick
Bold Monday brings together internationally experienced type designers, Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen, for a series of complex fonts. These complex fonts are inspired by their passion for the art form of type design itself.

Andinistas Fonts

Denedo, by Carlos Fabián Camargo G
This digital type foundry founded in Caracas, Venezuela, and now at home in Bogotá, Columbia finds inspiration from all over the world to create their series of retail and one-of-a-kind fonts. It’s one of the oldest on our list — font-making since 1998.
There are TONS of other amazing type foundries out there! Explore more of them here: 99design’s “Font Foundries” Pinboard

Have other foundries that you’re fond of? Link us in the comments.

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Kaitlyn Ellison
Kaitlyn Ellison

Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at 99designs.com. She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!

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