About Type Network
Type Network was launched in 2016 and is a private company owned by type and graphic designers and veterans of the type industry. Our goal is to provide our clients with the best type in the world, and to do that by closely aligning our interests with the world’s best designers.
We bring together the best type designers in the world, from 60 foundries in 15 countries. At TN you can get the best fonts—original, creative, and built with the latest technology. And you can get advice on putting the fonts to work for you. Our partner designers and foundries can build a whole typographic system for your brand. While our library started with Latin fonts, it has expanded to cover the world; moreover, our experts can pair TN fonts with scripts from India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Korea.
The Type Network team has been working in digital type since desktop publishing first gave designers the tools to take control of their own typography. Contact us for any advice about type. With our partners, we offer a wide range of design services, including consulting, custom typeface design and development, type pairing for all the uses and products, and multi-language font matching.
Matthew Rechs, chief executive officer
Matthew has led creative products and teams for more than 30 years, and has worked in many of the world’s largest companies, including Amazon, Adobe, and WPP, the world’s largest advertising agency.
As CEO his first priority is people—our staff and our clients.
Matthew began building relationships in the type community as an early employee of Typekit, which started offering web fonts by subscription in 2009. Adobe acquired the company in 2011, and in 2014, the service added a large library of desktop fonts. Rechs became manager of type and typography products at the company, making fonts a key benefit of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. During this time, Matthew served as a board member of the Unicode Consortium.
Joining TN in January 2024, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Daphne Rose-Jevremov, financial director
Daphne Rose-Jevremov learned to appreciate type while working for Roger Black as controller in his first design firm and then successor businesses, Interactive Bureau, and Danilo Black, and Roger Black Studio. She has an enormous amount of respect for designers and believes that the value of publication and website design begins with good typography. An entrepreneur at heart, she started a consulting firm in 2009 working for creative firms on their finances so they can continue to do what they love best.
Lucas Czarnecki, director of content
Lucas Czarnecki does a bit of everything, so long as it has to do with type. After teaching the first-ever course on Typography and Graphic Design at the University of Virginia, Lucas began a two-year letterpress printing apprenticeship at the Virginia Center of the Book. He then founded the Charlottesville Design Week—Virginia’s first design festival—and Type365—a typography blog read by thousands. While working under the name if it has words, Lucas presented at TypeCon, The Virginia Festival of the Book, Society of News Design, and TEDx. During one such conference, Lucas met Roger Black and began writing and designing for TYPE Magazine, where he continues to moonlight.
Guido Ferreyra, technology director
Guido Ferreyra is a designer and font engineer. With his knowledge and skills on type and coding, he helps to improve productivity through streamlined workflows and ad-hoc tools. He is passionate about everything that involves type, from diving into its history to learning how modern, evolving technology applies to its development. Guido lives in Argentina and has given lectures and workshops throughout the Americas.
Jesse Gage, director of business development
Jesse has lived and worked in more than five countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. His focus is on digital media: strategy, business development, product design, sales, and marketing. He now lives with his wife and son in Westport, Connecticut. Jesse is incorrigibly curious, an unrepentant lefty, and a proud polyglot.
Kate Beckwith, senior program manager
Kate Beckwith is a type fanatic who recently relocated to the Hudson Valley after 13 years in Oakland, California, where she earned her MFA and taught The Book in an Edition at Mills College. Her knowledge of type and letterforms extends all the way back to early writing systems like cuneiform, to the advent of moveable lead type, through paste-up graphic design, and up to contemporary digital type. As the first employee of Letterform Archive, she shared this knowledge with over 1500 in-person visitors and co-curated their first public exhibition, Without Type: the Dynamism of Handmade Letters. She comes to the Type Network team after stints with Typekit (now Adobe Fonts) and in communications outside the type world. She also makes small press poetry books as art director and publisher at Dogpark.
Maria Glenda Bellarosa, partner relations manager
Glenda Bellarosa has been working in type for three decades. She began her career at Font Bureau before spending over 21 years as a Typographic Developer at Monotype. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, she has extensive knowledge both in writing OpenType code and the intricacies of complex South Asian scripts, Arabic, and symbolic scripts. Glenda was involved in the development, refinement, and quality assurance of many non-Latin Noto fonts for Google including Noto Nastaliq Urdu, Noto Sans Newa (Newari), Noto Myanmar, Noto Sans Javanese, and Noto Sans Signwriting. Prior to OpenType development, she was an expert TrueType Hinter and refined many fonts for clients such as Microsoft, Apple, GE, Nokia, and Amazon. She is as passionate about producing functionally correct and efficient fonts as she is about doing the daily Wordle.
Alexis Reid, graphic designer
Alexis Reid is a graphic designer and illustrator. She studied graphic design for two years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland and then transferred to Rhode Island School of Design, where she continued her education and received a BFA in Graphic Design, with additional coursework in illustration and motion graphics. Alexis went on to work at Apply Stickers and designed several sticker sheets, some of which are available at the RISD store, The Whitney, Lacma, and Studio Museum Harlem, among others. Alexis then went on to work as a graphic designer at Type Network creating a wide variety of graphics mostly for web and social.
Abigayle White, social media coordinator
Abigayle’s true talents lie in effective copywriting and social media management. With a BA in Business and Philosophy from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, she specializes in cultivating digital communities, developing nuanced social media campaigns, and speaking in a tailored voice for all her clients. Before joining Type Network, Abigayle spent time internationally, learning global marketing practices. At TN, she engages our audience through case studies, news releases, social media content, and more.
Board of Directors
Roger Black, executive chair
Roger Black is known for his sense of typography, which he’s applied in the design of magazines like Rolling Stone, newspapers like The Washington Post and websites like the first MSNBC.com. He was a founder of one of the early desktop type design studios, Font Bureau (1989), and is the majority owner of TN.
As chair, he works on strategies and helps develop opportunities for TN. He participates in some of our consulting engagements.
Roger has advocated using distinct type for each client. Many original fonts and revivals of classic typefaces have been produced by him and his teams over the years. Some of the interesting case studies are gathered in a digital brochure at the TN site, “The Roger Black Collection.”
In 1968 he was editor of The Maroon, the student newspaper at the University of Chicago, leaving college to start a magazine, Print Project Amerika. His first publication art director job came in 1972, for LA. Later he served as chief art director of New York, The New York Times, and Newsweek. He started his own design firm in 1987.
Jill Pichotta, director
Jill Pichotta began working for Font Bureau as an apprentice with David Berlow in 1991, honing her skills on projects for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveller, The New York Times, Apple Computer, and other notable brands. She has managed the production of retail releases for independent designers since 1993, and has contributed several of her own typefaces to Font Bureau’s diverse library. Over the years, she has divided her time between various retail, custom, and OEM projects. In conjunction with its mid-2016 launch, Jill Pichotta took on the role of Principal Product Manager for Type Network, overseeing type development and quality for the company’s global alliance of foundry partners. In 2021, Jill joined The Type Founders as Vice President of Type.
David Berlow, director
David Berlow entered the type industry in 1978 as a letter designer for the respected Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel, and Haas typefoundries. He joined the newly formed digital type supplier, Bitstream, Inc. in 1982. After Berlow left Bitstream in 1989, he founded The Font Bureau, Inc. with Roger Black.
Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs for the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Hewlett Packard and others, with OEM work for Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. Font Bureau’s Retail Library consists mostly of original designs and now includes over 500 typefaces. Berlow is a member of the New York Type Directors Club (TDC) and the Association Typographique International (ATypI), and remains active in typeface design.
David Jonathan Ross, director
AKA “DJR,” he is the 2018 recipient of the Prix Charles Peignot award, which is awarded to designers under the age of 35 who have made an outstanding contribution to type design. He has always embraced emerging font technology: he was one of the first designers to release retail variable fonts, and regularly publishes variable and color font experiments via his Font of the Month Club. He has consulted on large open source projects for Google, including the conversion of many families to variable format.
Petr van Blokland, director
Born in Gouda, the Netherlands, in 1956, Petr van Blokland graduated cum laude from the graphic arts program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague in 1980.
With his partner Claudia Mens, Van Blokland worked for over thirty-five years as a designer in the studio they cofounded. His output ranged from sketching and model-making to programming in various languages. He specialized in systematic design: corporate identities, form systems, online publications, and tools for type design.
Van Blokland has taught graphic design, typography, and type design for many years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Arnhem. His first typeface was Proforma, a large series commissioned by Purup, a Danish manufacturer of form-preparation systems. Proforma has now been released for general use through Type Network. In 1988, Van Blokland’s work brought him ATypI’s coveted Prix Charles Peignot award.
As cofounder and partner of Type Network, Van Blokland is a dedicated contributor and developer of new type and tools for type design. He currently teaches in the Master’s program in Graphic Design at AKV|St.Joost in Breda and at Type and Media, the postgraduate type design program at KABK in The Hague. Read more about his thoughts on design and education in this interview and in his Lubalin lecture, “Words,” delivered at Cooper Union in 2015.