Type Designer looking for detailed developer

James Trump's picture

I have 6 fonts that I have designed. One of the fonts is almost completely developed in FontLab. The others are part developed in Illustrator.

I am looking to develop a famous foundry by producing the highest quality fonts. I want to partner with a developer that holds high standards for themselves and their work and has the highest attention to detail.

I own and run a design company and do not have enough time to design and develop the fonts. I have found the development of fonts a steep learning curve and can appreciate the skill needed to develop fonts. I have good experience in business and marketing and have high ambitions for the foundry I want to build.

I look forward to any serious inquiries, comments or advice.



muzzer's picture

can we see the typefacves?


Nick Cooke's picture

I'd change the name of Neutra if I were you, to avoid any confusion or possible lawsuits:


Nick Cooke

James Trump's picture

I have tweeked the font since, but to give you an idea of the first I have developed:


James Trump's picture

Thanks for the great advice Nick!

I think i will have to change it. Any suggestions for the rename will be greatly received.

Many thanks


Mark Simonson's picture

Isn't "Rhona Gillmore" just Peignot Light extended slightly?

BlueStreak's picture

In the same way Gotham is just Avenir with slight changes?

Mark Simonson's picture

No, Gotham and Avenir are not anywhere near this similar. "Rhona Gillmore" could be recreated in any program that can horizontally scale type, starting with Peignot Light.

James Trump's picture

Yes I agree. With these characters it does look like an extended Peignot Light.
Although, when you see the other characters it starts to look very different.

In my opinion Peignot is almost a very nice typeface. It has some very elegant characters, others look ugly. I intend to create a new font simular to Peignot but elegant throughout.

Village's picture

"I am looking to develop a famous foundry by producing the highest quality fonts."

James, you seem to have the ambition of your uncle Donald. I wish you the best of luck in your enterprise.

muzzer's picture

mate your better off doing iy yourdself, no one will really want to be your production monkey!


clauses's picture

James there are production guns for hire. You should google it. I have ran into several of them, so they excist. The cost of developing a small family could be very high though. Designing, producing and testing is a very time consuming full-time job. We're talking months here. Best of luck.

hrant's picture

Are you willing to pay somebody up-front to "manufacture" the fonts for you? If not, this is only likely to work out if the fonts are exceptional (tough call) and you settle on some profit-sharing scheme. There are too many fonts out there, at low prices, for it to be otherwise.

> I intend to create a new font simular to Peignot but elegant throughout.

There are possibly legal, and certainly ethical, complications when doing something like this. Excoffon, a contemporary of Cassandre once did the same sort of thing to Peignot early on (by some accounts even before Peignot was officially released) and the uproar was a trigger for the creation of ATypI.

Furthermore, concerning Peignot in particular, it's important to note that it was much more than just another font - in essence it was actually an attempt to reform the Latin script. As a result, any "taming" of it (presuming that's what you've done - maybe not) involves complications beyond merely the formal.

Not trying to be confrontational, just trying to help.


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