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7 Font foundries & type designers that will blow your mind

7 Font foundries & type designers that will blow your mind
Harrison Weber
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Harrison Weber

Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

The art of type design is for a special breed of designer. The insane attention to detail required to create typefaces is enough to drive the average person mad, as every subtle curve and line matters. One tiny mistake is the difference between a masterpiece and junk.

We’ve covered typography and a lot lately on TNW, but it’s high time we featured some awesome type designers and full-on foundries in all their glory. Here’s a list of  7 to that are sure to make you drool:


Latinotype is a new digital type foundry established in the year 2007 in the city of Concepcion, Chile. Its goal is to design new typefaces remixing diverse influences related to the team’s South American identity,  most widely known as “latino”, with high quality products for the contemporary design industry.

MijaDans Le Cuisine (a gorgeous dingbat, shown above) and Mazurquica are particularly inspiring.

➤  Latinotype

Canada Type

Canada Type is an independent type development studio based in Toronto. Since its inception in 2004, Canada Type has brought forth a comprehensive and popular library of typefaces that accommodate a variety of aesthetic tastes, including many best-selling fonts and work featured in plenty of design publications.

Check out Jezebel, Guillotine and Firefly if you really want to make your head spin!

➤  Canada Type

Red Rooster

Steve Jackaman, a type and graphic arts expert with over 30 years experience, started Red Rooster Typefounders (RRT) foundry in 1990 with a team of highly skilled type designers, typographers and software experts as the core of his production team.

Check out Granby Elephant ProSteelplate Gothic and Venezuela.

➤  Red Rooster

Suomi Type Foundry

The philosophy of Suomi Type Foundry is to make extensive type families, so the user has more to choose from; too often you find a great typeface, but the weight is not just right. Suomi Type Foundry’s fonts come with an average of seven weights, so it’s likely that you will find the right weight. The team tries to keep the range of its type library as versatile as possible, from comfortable types for text setting, to signage type families, to more evocative fonts for brand design.

Feel free to let your jaw drop and take a look at CiderTideTobacco and Tictac.

➤  Suomi Type Foundry

Jackkrit Anantakul

Jackkrit Anantakul (born 1979) is the graphic designer who established Design Reform Council in 2005. He specializes in beautiful, experimental type treatments and illustrations.

You’ll want to check out YWFT PotjamonYWFT Spikes and YWFT Buffer.

➤  Jackkrit Anantakul

Very Good Fonts

Very Good Fonts is the outlet for the lettering designs of Paul Brannelly, assisted by digitizing skillionaire David Buck.

Take a peek at Two Stroke and Choc Chip.

➤  Very Good Fonts

Outside The Line

Rae Kaiser resides in a city on a lake but spends most of her time living in her head. She draws doodle fonts, hand-lettered fonts, on the computer and on paper.

Check out Cross Stitch and Fondly Yourz.

➤  Outside The Line

Do have any lesser-known favorites you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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