A year to celebrate
58 new type families
Our foundry partners released 58 new families of type in 2021! Some were big—like Kranto from ReType with 144 styles—and some were small (and sweet)—like Primot from Plau. All of them live up to our quality standards and each of them solves a unique design problem.
MVB Fonts covered the spectrum
At the start of the year, MVB Fonts (the foundry of Mark van Bronkhorst) joined TN. With 13 families ranging from lively scripts to sturdy geometric sans and everything in between, MVB Fonts immediately made an impact on the library.
ATF Collection brought in the classics
Joining alongside MVB Fonts at the start of 2021, the ATF Collection brings Mark van Bronkhorst’s new interpretations of classic, beloved American Type Founders typefaces. From Alternate Gothic to ATF Garamond and ten others in between, the ATF Collection enhances the TN library with essential, time-tested typefaces.
LucasFonts mixed things up
Near the end of summer, LucasFonts—the foundry for Berlin-based Dutch type designer Luc(as) de Groot—joined Type Network. Best known for their superfamily Thesis, (constituent typefaces TheSans, TheSerif, and TheMix are available on TN), LucasFonts launched with their best sellers… and their oddly destructive JesusLovesYouAll.
Famira Fonts added humanity (and geometry)
With a background in both Dutch and Swiss design, Hannes Famira made an outsized splash when they joined Type Network this summer. Their launch releases—Sonar Sans, Interpol Sans, and Interpol Correspondence—added a range of stylish workhorse styles to the library.
PampaType took us to South America
At the end of October, PampaType—South America’s oldest digital type foundry—joined us. After two decades of leading the continent across both retail and custom type, Alejandro Lo Celso’s foundry found its international home. They launched with four excellent faces: Amster, Amster Versal Iluminada, Margarita, and Atahualpa.
Thinstroke added “Spignarian” elegance
Bringing the immaculate scripts of Tony Di Spigna to the masses, Thinstroke joined TN in the fall. As one of the most acclaimed living type designers, Di Spigna’s faces immediately added elegance and refinement to the Type Network library. Without giving too much away, Thinstroke is planning to add even more in 2022.
Original Type went corporate
In the final month of the year, Original Type, founded in 2018 by Artur Schmal, joined Type Network. With an emphasis on brand and corporate typefaces, Original Type is poised to contribute as much to TN’s custom work as to our library. Their launch faces—Parry, Parry Grotesque, and Bonnie—have already become popular in their first month with us.
In the summer, we added three staff members
The biggest announcement of the year, which directly led to many of the other wonderful moments on this list, was of Christopher Slye (based in Alamo, California) taking the helm as President of Type Network. Lucas Czarnecki, Director of Content (Charlottesville, Virginia), is reinvigorating our promotional efforts with lots of things you’ve seen and a few we’re excited to share. Kent Kirschner, Business and Sales Strategy Consultant (Sarasota, Florida), is bringing TN to the attention of a wider market of professionals who understand that original, top quality fonts and typographic services are essential in brand communications in every field.
Then, in the fall, we added four more
Dan Rhatigan, Director of Type Products (Portland, Oregon), working with our foundry partners and corporate clients to devise and execute smart typographic solutions. Maria Glenda Bellarosa (Glenda for short), Library Manager (San Francisco), ensures every single Type Network release meets our strict quality standards. Kate Beckwith, Office Manager (Oakland, California), is helping in everything from project management to documentation to content development. Guido Ferreyra, Font Engineer (Cordoba, Argentina), is working on behind-the-scenes tools to improve our production process and typefaces.
And, totally on board
While there’s been significant growth, and a little turnover, key members of the team are staying on—with a wider portfolio and responsibilities. Michelle Perham, General Manager (Seattle), is focusing on our clients and customers. Dyana Weissman, Director of Custom Type (Boston), is stepping back from drawing to manage the more complex and increased number of projects coming in. David Jonathan Ross (Western Massachusetts), while running his own foundry, DJR, is a creative and design technology consultant to the team.
And Roger Black (Tampa Bay) is working full time as TN chair, and as type consultant.
But, as Roger would say, more important than us is our partners, the designers and foundries who make Type Network what it is. Seven great foundries joined in 2021, increasing the group to a total of 36. (You can see the full list on the home page.)
We found a spectacular groove with agency work
With the world’s best type designers as members, Type Network made it a point to procure and project manage large custom design projects for our partner foundries. From MTV to AccuWeather and beyond, our 36 foundry partners have had a globally recognized year.
Adobe released it all
Our partnership with Adobe continues to grow, with all Adobe Originals now available to license through Type Network. With extended and multi-user licenses available, Type Network is the best place for companies and teams to get classics like Trajan, Acumin, Adobe Caslon, Myriad, and more. In addition, more TN families are being added to the Adobe Fonts service each quarter.
We served 9,000+ orders
We’re proud to have delivered more than 9,000 unique orders and more than 39,000 unique licenses across our 36 foundry partners. This marks our best year yet, and with new staff members, foundry partners, and international clients, we’re ready for an even better year ahead.To stay current on all things TN, subscribe to Type Network News, our email newsletter featuring font analysis, designer profiles, type and design events, and more.