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Typography Resources

A comprehensive collection of the best typography resources from around the web—including the best typography blogs, books, tools and learning resources for 2016.


Learning Resources

Professional Web Typography 

A free online book (although you should donate if you find it useful) that covers the fundamentals of web typography.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web 

A summary of Robert Bringhurst’s typography-bible The Elements of Typographic Style and how it applies to the web.

Fontology 

A complete curriculum on the typographic arts structured as a workbook.

History of Western Typography 

A Wikipedia article about the origins of Western typography. Highly recommended reading for all designers.

Butterick’s Practical Typography 

An in-depth, free e-book that covers the fundamentals of typography.

Typoguide 

A nice overview of everyday typographic challenges.

Best Practices of Combining Typefaces 

A Smashing Magazine article about the do’s and don’ts of mixing typefaces.

Typeface Anatomy & Glossary 

A glossary of common typography terminology.

Typedia 

The encyclopedia of typefaces.

The History of Typography Animation 

A complete history of typography in a 5 minute paper-letter animation.


Foundries & Type Designers

A2-Type 

Type foundry set up by the London-based design studio A2/SW/HK in 2010. See Regular and Battersea Slab.

Colophon Foundry 

London/New York City-based type foundry established in 2009. See Apercu and Relative.

Commercial Type 

A joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have worked together since 2004. They publish their own fonts as well as fonts designed by an international team of collaborators. See Publico and Atlas Grotesk.

Dalton Maag 

Type foundry established in 1991 with offices in London and Brazil. See Aktiv Grotesk and Effra.

Darden Studio 

Brooklyn-based studio founded by Joshua Darden in 2004. See Freight Text and Freight Sans.

DSType 

Portugal-based type foundry established by Dino dos Santos in 1994. See Acta Display and Leitura News.

exljbris Font Foundry 

Netherlands-based foundry of type designer Jos Buivenga. See Museo Slab and Calluna.

Fatype 

Berlin-based type foundry established by Anton Koovit and Yassin Baggar in 2012. See Baton.

Font Bureau 

Boston-based type foundry established in 1989. See Benton Sans and Miller.

FontFont 

Berlin-based type foundry established by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody in 1990. See FF Meta Serif and FF Tisa.

Grilli Type 

Swiss type foundry established in 2009. See GT Walsheim and GT Haptik.

Hoefler & Co. 

New York City-based type foundry formerly known as Hoefler & Frere-Jones. See Gotham and Sentinel.

HvD Fonts 

Germany-based type foundry of Hannes von Döhren established in 2008. See Brandon Grotesque and Supria Sans.

Just Another Foundry 

Germany-based type foundry of Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura founded in 2004. See Lapture and Facit.

Klim Type Foundry 

New Zealand-based type foundry of Kris Sowersby established in 2005. See Tiempos Text and Galaxie Copernicus.

The League of Moveable Type 

An open-source type foundry with collaborators from all around the world. See Raleway and Sorts Mill Goudy.

Lineto 

Swiss type foundry established in 1993. See Circular and Akkurat.

Mark Simonson 

Type designer based in Minnesota. See Proxima Nova and Grad.

Milieu Grotesque 

Berlin/Zurich-based type foundry established in 2010 by Timo Gaessner and Alexander Colby. See Maison Neue and Maison Mono.

Monokrom 

Norwegian type foundry established by Frode Bo Helland and Sindre Bremnes. See Satyr and Vinter.

Okay Type 

Chicago-based studio of type designer Jackson Cavanaugh. See Alright Sans and Harriet.

Optimo Type Foundry 

Swiss type foundry started by Gilles Gavillet and David Rust. See Theinhardt and Stanley.

OurType 

Belgium-based type foundry established in 2002 by Fred Smeijers. See Arnhem.

P22 Type Foundry 

New York-based type foundry established by Richard Kegler and Carima El-Behairy. See P22 Underground.

Process Type Foundry 

Minnesota-based type foundry established by Eric Olson in 2002. See Colfax and Maple.

Swiss Typefaces 

Swiss type foundry founded by Maxime Buechi, Ian Party, Emmanuel Rey and Lucie de Palma. See Simplon and Euclid Flex.

TypeTogether 

Partnership between type designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione established in 2006. See Adelle and Adelle Sans.

TypeTrust 

Los Angeles-based design studio and type foundry of Silas Dilworth. See Heroic Condensed.

Typotheque 

Netherlands-based type foundry established in 1999 by Peter Biľak. See Plan Grotesque and Fedra Serif.


Organizations

The Type Directors Club 

An international organization created to support excellence in typography.

ATypI 

Association Typographique Internationale is an international organization dedicated to typography.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados 

An international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to typography and its admirers.



Purchasing & Hosting Fonts

MyFonts 

The largest collection of fonts on the web. Buy web fonts and host them yourself with their self-hosted kit—own your fonts instead of renting.

FontShop 

Another huge selection of fonts. Has fonts that MyFonts doesn’t have like Arnhem.

Fonts.com 

Web and desktop fonts in a single subscription. Plans start at $5/month.

Fontspring 

Doesn’t have the largest selection but has very friendly licensing terms for both desktop and web.

Typekit 

Adobe’s web font hosting service. Free with Creative Cloud, otherwise plans start at $24.99/year. Nice selection of fonts but sadly lacks fonts from the Monotype Imaging library like Avenir and Akzidenz Grotesk.

Cloud.typography 

Hoefler & Co.’s (formerly H&FJ) web font hosting service. Starts at $99/year so it’s a bit more expensive than other services. Their ScreenSmart fonts render beautifully on screen, so the higher price may be worth it.

Webtype 

Another web font hosting service with plans starting from $20/year. Has selections from Font Bureau that you can’t get on other hosting services such as Miller and Benton Sans.

Google Fonts 

Google’s free web font hosting service. Some excellent options available such as Open Sans and Source Sans Pro.


Typography Blogs

Typographica 

A review of new typefaces and commentary on typographic design.

I Love Typography 

A blog about all things typography related that’s been around since 2007.

Type Worship 

The blog of 8 Faces magazine curated by Jamie Clarke and Elliot Jay Stocks.

FontShop Blog 

FontShop’s blog featuring font recommendations, typography techniques and inspiration.


Typography Forums

TypeDrawers 

A forum for professionals that requires people to use their real names. Full of thoughtful and meaningful discussions.


Typography Inspiration

Typewolf 

Typography inspiration for the modern web.

Fonts in Use 

An archive of fonts in use in the real world.

Grain Edit 

A blog focusing on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s as well as contempory designers inspired by that time period.

The Dieline 

Packaging design inspiration.

Incredible Types 

A curated collection of nice typography featuring mostly print work.

Typeverything 

Hand lettering inspiration.

Friends of Type 

Another excellent inspiration site featuring mostly hand lettering.

The Book Cover Archive 

Sadly this is no longer updated but it contains a huge archive of 1300+ book covers making it an indispensable resource.


Font Identification

WhatTheFont 

Upload an image and it magically tells you the name of the font—works surprisingly well.

Font Matcherator 

Font Squirrel’s new font identification tool—features a slick and smooth interface, however, the font library it pulls from is somewhat limited.

Type Sample 

Install this bookmarklet to identify and save samples of web fonts.

WhatFont Tool 

Easily identify any web font using this bookmarklet.

Identifont 

Identify a font by answering a series of questions.


Handy Tools

FontReach 

Displays font usage data from the top one million websites.

Typography Cheatsheet 

Typewolf’s own comprehensive guide to using proper typographic characters, including correct grammatical usage.

The State of Web Type 

Find out which browsers support the latest typographic features.

Kern Type 

Practice your kerning and see how you compare to experts.

Type Connection 

A typographic dating game that helps you pick perfect font combinations.

Wordmark.it 

Displays preview text using all the fonts installed on your system.

Type Zebra 

Another nice tool for previewing all the fonts on your system.


Typography Books

The Elements of Typographic Style 

If you read only one book about typography, read this one.

On Web Typography 

Jason Santa Maria’s book about how to apply classical typography principles to the web.

The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces 

Stephen Coles’ book will make you better at identifying typefaces.

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students 

Ellen Lupton’s excellent intro to typography.

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works 

Erik Spiekermann’s classic book on typography—recently updated with new info on web typography.

Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography 

First released in 1971, this is considered the industry standard typography book. There is also a nice online companion to the book.