Fontsmith acquired by Monotype

Tamasin Handley News
3 Feb’20

As you may have heard earlier this week, Fontsmith has been acquired by Monotype. We’re very excited about this acquisition not only for what it means for our team, but more importantly what it means for our customers. 

As a result of Fontsmith and Monotype joining forces, clients will now have access to even more of the world’s most brilliant minds in type design and direction, font production, font engineering, scripts and quality assurance. Our design team will become a part of the Monotype Studio - a team of highly revered professionals who excel in helping the world’s leading brands define, design and express their voices through type. 

As a collective unit we’ll now be able to offer unrivalled expertise around topics such as global language support, and legibility. Being able to tap into this global network of type professionals will add immediate value to Fontsmith customers. The team at Monotype has experience designing type for global brands in hundreds of languages.

Our vast library of type will now roll into Monotype’s online properties which host an impressive library of 14,000 typefaces – giving creatives an easier way to discover and use type without having to navigate the sometimes confusing world of font licensing.

That said, you’ll still be able to license Fontsmith designs on if you prefer. Or if it’s easier to deal directly with us directly, just drop us a line we’re not going anywhere!

Jason Smith founded Fontsmith in 1997. “After 23 years of building Fontsmith into one of the premiere boutique type foundries in Europe, we’re excited to join creative forces with Monotype to create an even more powerful, forward-thinking Monotype Studio. Our combined expertise will help us better serve the creative industry in ways that we’ve never done before,” Smith said. 

Jason started his design career as an intern at Monotype when he was just 18 years old, studying under esteemed type designers Robin Nicholas and Pat Saunders. “This is a full circle story. My earliest type design experience at Monotype inspired me to follow my passion and drove me to blaze my own trail in design. To come back to where it all started is both nostalgic and exhilarating.”

Monotype CEO Scott Landers said: “Fontsmith has been a trendsetter in the type community and with this acquisition we’re thrilled to add a well-respected library of fonts and an innovative group of type designers into the Monotype family. Their collective experience, expertise, and body of work will add immediate value to our customers through the Monotype Library, Monotype Studio and Monotype’s Mosaic solution.”

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