The independent type design community has grown tremendously over the last couple of years and the quality and variety of fonts is truly breathtaking. A little while ago, I started jotting down a few type foundries to have a list that I could come back to whenever I was in need of inspiration for new typefaces for a project. What started with a few dozen foundries grew and grew over time to a list that now contains more than 110 foundries.
When I shared this on Mastodon, I did not only receive a reply from the Type Directors Club that my list is actually dwarfed by their own list of almost 2000 independent foundries, but also, Andreas suggested that instead of waiting forever until I share my list, I could also make an advent calendar out of it. So, here it is (sorry, Andreas ¯\_(ツ)_/¯):
The Independent Type Foundry Advent Calendar 2022.
Each day of the advent calendar will feature a different type foundry and highlight some of their most notable typefaces. It will be a highly opinionated and almost arbitrary selection of a few of my favorites from the list. So don’t be upset, if your personal favorite foundry doesn’t make it into the calendar. And who knows, maybe we’ll have another calendar next year. But first, let’s look at 24 of the best independent type foundries from all over the world.