Despite there being an infinite abundance of type out there, I always feel like fall back on a certain few typefaces. I go through phases, it’s not always the same handful, but even when I go to look around for something new, I find myself going back to the same fairly popular foundries for that something new. It’s a comfort thing, I’m sure, and I am definitely a creature of habit, but it’s time to break myself (and you) of my go-to foundries. Not completely, of course, but I hardly think they’d be jealous if we shopped around a little. I did some searching and, with the help of some of you on Twitter, compiled a list of five foundries I think are worth giving a try and keeping an eye on in the future.
Founded in 2008, TypeJockeys in small foundry out of Vienna, Austria. Made up of three designers, they offer four font families and three single-weight typefaces they refer to as “shots.” The shots are very playful display types while their font families are very useable, well-designed typefaces. They offer custom type and handlettering services and they have a really nice script shot called Sauber Script so I hope to see some more scripts from them.
Check out: Ingeborg
4. Grilli Type
From Grilli you will find contemporary type with some traditional Swiss flair. The next time you reach for Helvetica, give one of Grilli’s three sans a try instead. The designers at Grilli are even thoughtful enough to offer free trials so you can try before you buy. If this foundry sticks to what it knows, I suspect we’ll be seeing some more strong, structural typefaces out of them. They’re set to release Sectra, a serifed font, soon.
Check out: Haptik
Based out of Norway, this quiet little foundry showcases an eclectic collection of experimental display type. Each one is very different from the other but would make for a bold, power font when used in good taste. According to their website they focus in “headlines, logos and everything above the body.” I was most intrigued by two of their very wide, very round typefaces. Infamous seems to ignore boundaries a little by pushing the limits of readability and traditional letterform. But like they said, they aren’t interested in the body type. I’m excited to see what else they try.
Check out: Bolda Display
It was a hard to resist a foundry that offers display type named after me (not really, but a girl can dream, right?) In all seriousness, the dudes over at Avondale are up to some cool stuff, including their recent release, Essay. Their selection of typefaces showed a lot variety of and was very accessibly priced. With a taste in display type reminiscent of Lost Type Co-op, I think Avondale is well on it’s way to being a new go-to. Look out for their next release, ATC Overlook by the talented Alex Sheyn, out this Tuesday with a two-week long early bird special.
Check out: Finkl Pro
This two-man foundry might only have a few typefaces available for purchase but their portfolio leads me to believe they’ll produce more great type in the future. The Brookyln-based design studio was founded in 2011 by typographic designers Lucas Sharp and Carlos Pagan. They’ve worked with some impressive clients and are the creators behind the purely typographic logo for that little idea-saving website called Pinterest. Last year they rebranded Parade Magazine’s logo with some stellar custom typework featuring some delightful ball terminals.
Check out: Hera Big