01. Typographers for Designers: Typotheque

Typotheque is a design studio and type foundry based in the Netherlands. Their about description on their site makes the claim that as a type foundry, they want to investigate this idea of “contemporaneity” or that they want to create work that reflects today, this time period, and to serve the needs of this time. They also hope to make a significant contribution to the history of type development. It would appear that they have been pretty successful at the latter, developing extended language support and being one of the first foundries to license their entire collection for web use.

There are quite a few things that I really like about this foundry and their website. I love that they show their fonts in use. It’s exciting to see how they are used and what they are used.


I also love how they show their design work in series. It really helps to see all angles of a piece and even the contexts those are used it. I noticed that some of the studio work was also W.I.P. or works in progress which is pretty cool to see how some ideas start out and form. On an aside, I also love how both the fonts in use and the studio work are displayed in these clean grids of clickable thumbnails. They don’t take up too much space on the initial page and allow for the user to click on whatever catches their eyes.


After browsing through their font collection, I have to say there appears to be an abundance of sans fonts. Eventually they start to blend together a bit. However, and this is probably just personal choice speaking, I really love their novelty/decorative fonts. They seem to be quite catchy and unique and I can see multiple ways and contexts in which any of these could be used. Here are a few examples of my favorites:

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typotheque_2 typotheque_1

Honestly though, I feel as Typotheque has much more to offer than just type. Their website itself is a wealth of information including articles on graphic design and blogs discussing their new fonts, font families, and news. Plus throw in their studio design work and Typotheque appears to have also contributed to not only the history of type but the world of graphic design as well.


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