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A type foundry is a company that designs and/or distributes typefaces. Originally, type foundries manufactured and sold metal and wood typefaces and matrices for line-casting machines like the Linotype and Monotype machines designed to be printed on letterpress printers. Today's digital type foundries accumulate and distribute typefaces (typically as digitized fonts) created by type designers, who may either be freelancers operating their own independent foundry, or employed by another foundry. Type foundries may also provide custom type design services.

In England, type foundries began when William Caxton introduced the printing press. Thereafter the City of London became a major centre for the industry, until recent times when famous metal-based printing districts such as Fleet Street came to the close of their era. The industry was particularly important in Victorian times, when education became available to all due to the new School Boards, and firms such as Charles Reed & Sons were in their heyday. The St Bride Printing Library in the City of London encourages wider public interest in the remarkable history of typefounding for the printed book and newspaper.


Corporate type foundries

See also categories: Type foundries and Commercial type foundries

Large type foundries

See also categories: Type foundries and Commercial type foundries

Independent type foundries

  • 2Rebels
  • Aerotype
  • Alphabet Soup Type Founders
  • Altered Ego Fonts
  • Apply Interactive
  • Arkandis Digital Foundry
  • Astygmatic One-Eye
  • Atomic Media
  • Baseline Fonts
  • Blambot
  • Canada Type
  • Cape Arcona Type Foundry
  • Chank Diesel
  • Characters Font Foundry
  • Colophon Foundry
  • Comicraft
  • Crazy diamond design
  • Cubanica
  • Dalton Maag
  • Discourse Type
  • Darren Scott Typographics
  • DSType
  • Emtype Foundry
  • Feliciano Type Foundry
  • Fewell Foundry
  • Fontcraft
  • Font Diner
  • FontHaus
  • Fonthead Design
  • Fontosaurus
  • Fountain
  • Galapagos Design Group
  • GarageFonts
  • Greater Albion Typefounders
  • JY&A Fonts
  • Identikal
  • insigne Design
  • Larabie Fonts/Typodermic
  • LettError
  • Lineto
  • Misprinted Type
  • MVB
  • Nick's Fonts
  • OurType
  • P22 Type Foundry
  • Psy/Ops
  • Sandoll Communications
  • Scriptorium Fonts
  • SelfBuild Type Foundry
  • Stone Type Foundry
  • Storm Type Foundry
  • Sudtipos
  • Suitcase Type Foundry
  • Test Pilot Collective
  • The Type Fetish
  • Thirstype/Village
  • Tour De Force Font Foundry
  • Typeco
  • Typotheque
  • Underware
  • Zang-O-Fonts
  • WC Fonts

See also categories: Type foundries and Independent type foundries

Specialty type foundries

Defunct (historic) type foundries

Type distributors/vendors


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