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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.


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. →

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.

Typophile →

The web’s longest running typographic community.

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.

Typophile Font Identification Forum →

Typophile’s extremely active font ID forum—usually you can get a response within a matter of hours.

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. →

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.

By Jeremiah Shoaf  ·  @typewolf

Jeremiah Shoaf