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In 1989 Erik and Joan Spiekermann signed contracts with leading type foundries, packed their small office with floppy disks full of fonts, and started taking phone orders. FontShop became the first independent retailer of digital type. Twenty years later we’re still stocking the best fonts (though the number has grown and the medium has changed) and still answering phones. In the coming weeks this page will grow with amusing and enlightening statistics from our archives, interviews with the founders, and highlights from the two decades that shaped digital typography.
Font Bureau was founded in 1989 by noted publications designer and consultant Roger Black and type designer David Berlow to serve the emerging needs of desktop computer based magazine and newspaper publishers seeking unique typographic identities. The New York Times, Newsweek and Smart were among the first clients to commission type designs. During the past fifteen years, Font Bureau has designed over 1,000 fonts for several hundred publications.
A few of these designs remain the exclusive property of the publications for which they were originally created, but most have been released into the retail market. Font Bureau’s Retail Library was launched with thirteen fonts and a licensing agreement with FontShop International in 1990.This retail library is now offered directly to end users by the Font Bureau and through a select handful of distributors. Since the founding of the company, Font Bureau has also developed OEM fonts. Our OEM customers have included Apple Computer’s System 7–OSX, highly specialized fonts for Prodigy Online & Microsoft’s applications division. Font Bureau continues to blaze new trails in font formats like TrueType™, fonts for the web and OpenType™.
The company has remained small and privately held, with freelance and independent designers providing infusions of creativity along with the full time staff that has grown to include General Manager Sam Berlow, designer/managers Jill Pichotta and Cyrus Highsmith, and the sales/marketing team of Harry Parker, Samantha Grimsley, Michael Manfredi and Robb Ogle. A studio located in Boston serves as the company’s headquarters.
Faces is the designer’s resource for fonts, picture fonts and clip art. Established in 1989 to serve the demand for digital typefaces, Faces has evolved to provide the graphic design industry with an ever increasing range of products and services. From single “off the shelf” fonts to custom designed and customised fonts to clip art.
We offer fonts from a vast number of foundries; including Adobe, Linotype, FontFont, Berthold, ITC and Monotype Imaging; leading independents such as Emigre, Font Bureau, Elsner & Flake, FontHaus and Red Rooster and smaller independents such as ABCType, 2Rebels, DTP Types, Jeremy Tankard Typography Ltd, and Club21. Many of these are available to view and purchase online.
Faces also offers custom design services. From digitising a simple logo to custom designing a corporate font family, the range of Faces’ custom design services is backed by years of experience, some of the best designers and technicians in the industry and satisfied high-profile customers.
In 1985 Veronika Elsner and Günther Flake founded their company EF Designstudios after ten years of freelance experience in the area of type design, typography and digitizing of fonts and logos. The general aim of the company is to create a continuously growing library of digital fonts.The Fine Typographic Difference: EF typefaces are designed to meet the demanding requirements of the design community. Complete kerning tables guarantee that the text and display typefaces have a fine appearance and excellent legibility. Accents on caps and lower case letters are individually designed. All italics are true italics. Many typefaces are completed with Small Caps and Old Style numbers. Every character is digitized with great accuracy. This is evident if the types are sized very large — smooth curves and fine details are held.
Since 1981, Bitstream has been a leader in the development of font technology, digital fonts, and custom typeface designs. Bitstream typefaces are finely crafted professional-quality fonts, the type of choice for thousands of customers around the world.
Bitstream delivers high-quality font solutions for developers, ad agencies, graphic designers, desktop publishers, corporations, small businesses, and home office users. Our world-renowned library includes over 1,000 high-quality fonts in OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript Type 1 formats for Windows, the Macintosh, Unix, and Linux.
Providing stunning, elegant, and beautiful typography since 1985, Adobe Type offers more than 2,200 typefaces. Created exclusively for Adobe by award-winning type designers worldwide, Adobe Originals include new designs as well as revivals of typographic classics. Ranging from individual display typefaces to full-featured families with optical sizes, they deliver consistently beautiful, high-quality type.