Responding to advancing technologies and the changing needs of our clients, Font Bureau has been instrumental in launching three new ventures. In 2010, Font Bureau cofounded Webtype to provide high-end fonts for online typography (including a new series of Reading Edge fonts specifically designed for text on the screen). We also cocreated Ready-Media, offering world-class design in media templates for both print and web. Lastly, we supported the development of Fonts In Use, an independent site that examines fonts in the real world. 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 why we are successful. Font Bureau was 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. The company remains small and privately held, with independent designers providing infusions of creativity. Full-time staff and designers direct the studio operations in Boston, which serves as the company’s headquarters. Font Bureau’s staff and type board includes David Berlow and Roger Black (Founders), and Sam Berlow (General Manager).