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About FontShop

Founded in 1989 by Joan and Erik Spiekermann, FontShop was the first independent digital type retailer. From the very beginning our aim was to make the best in type available to designers on an international scale. At the time we did this by printing giant yellow type directories and taking orders over the phone. Fast-forward to today and our operation has grown to include an extensive online collection of typefaces, designers and foundries, a regular e-newsletter, blogs (FontFeed, Fontblog, FontShop Blog, FontShop Aktuell, …) and several social media channels … oh and we are still answering the phone!

The team

Our team of employees, many of whom have been here since the early days, has a great depth of knowledge when it comes to selecting, licensing and using fonts. Meaning you can be rest assured that you are in good hands with us.

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The Berlin Wall fell, FontShop arises

It was 25 years ago, on November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. At the time the FontShop office was in the midst of the action located on the ground floor of the Weinhaus Huth, directly at the Potsdamer Platz.

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Pioneering designers, university professors, marketers, scientists, artists, journalists and many more have all spoken at TYPO, FontShop's annual type and design conference. Now in its 20th year with a sister conference in San Francisco, the event has a yearly theme that becomes the focal point of that year’s talks and presentations. A creative playground for communication and design professionals, TYPO is the perfect place to learn about the latest in type and social trends, technological innovations and great design.

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For over 20 years FontBook™ has been the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool, documenting the libraries of over 130 international type foundries who publish the works of more than 1,660 type designers. The mobile and tablet friendly FontBook App covers nearly 37,000 typefaces from 8,000+ font families. The app presents the extensive content in over 730,000 typeface samples that can be searched, layered, moved, scrolled and combined like a collection of maps.

FontBook app on iTunes

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