Job search strategy for a professional font developer (15+ yrs of experience)?

MaximT's picture

Would you have any advice on job search strategy for a professional font developer (15+ yrs of experience)?

Font design community is relatively small and personally I don't know much about it. Is freelancing common? Is technical font support done inhouse or outsourced? Does it make sense to look at large foundries or smaller independent shops?

The person in question does not design original fonts, she is font technical expert, knows all about font technologies of the last 15 years. (PS Type1, TrueType, OpenType, manual font hinting, kerning, bespoke fonts production, ClearType optimizations)

How do I to makret her services to the world?

dezcom's picture

Many type designers these days are one-person shops. Some of them would rather farm out the technical part of the process, like truetype hinting, opentype coding, or even just kerning. You could possibly market services in that way. The bigger foundries have staff to handle the technical side and occasionally are hiring. There are a few inbetweeners like Dalton Maag, who have small staffs or hire on a contract basis.

If your person has 15 years experience, why wouldn't she already know the business?

blank's picture

She should put together a portfolio and resumes and take network at the ATypI conference in September. And if she really does know all about manual hinting she should just send examples and a resume to every foundry out there, because right now there are more freelance hinting gigs than there are experts to do the work.

MaximT's picture

Chris, James,
Thank you for timely replies.

The reason she does not already know the business is that she worked on a salary for a well-known (in our part of the world, at least) font shop and never had to worry about getting assignments. Now her company is not in position to employ her full-time, and I suggested that she continues doing work solo.

She's compliling the list of foundries right now.

Apart from networking at ATypI, what would be a good way to reach out to individual designers?

blank's picture

…what would be a good way to reach out to individual designers?

Email them a resume and a portfolio.

dezcom's picture

>>what would be a good way to reach out to individual designers?

Post an ad on this site.
Get a Facebook and Twitter account for her service
Put up a website with services explained
Join AtypI and TDC and get to know the members.
Attend type conferences and give presentations

PS: I assume her previous employer was probably ParaType?

MaximT's picture

Thanks,
we are putting together the resume with samples of work performed. Not an easy task given the scope of jobs she performed...

Email them a resume and a portfolio.
Apart from posting here, can you suggest others places to reach out to individual designers?

her previous employer was probably ParaType?
PаraTуpe, yes. Do you know them? How are they perceived in the community?

.00's picture

Well, I suppose you could start here...

http://typophile.com/node/30824

oldnick's picture

Anyone have any idea hoe large the Cyrillic font market is?

Rob O. Font's picture

>Post an ad on this site.
>Get a Facebook and Twitter account for her service
>Put up a website with services explained
>Join AtypI and TDC and get to know the members.
>Attend type conferences and give presentations

, and send that resume to me please. (:

blank's picture

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Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

I am certain that if she writes about her skills here on Typophile she may get a lot of work from the guys making fonts that would prefer having an expert solving the most technical/boring/mysterious tasks.

dezcom's picture

"PаraTуpe, yes. Do you know them?"

Yes, they are well known in the west for their Cyrillic type. I have purchased several of their faces, myself. They seem to be the best known type house in Russia from a westerners perspective.

MaximT's picture

>>Anyone have any idea hoe large the Cyrillic font market is?

Nick, I don't really know the size of the Russian market (as measured in money), but ParaType is practically the only local foundry. I have a feeling that since all major foundries developed Cyrillic type, there must be a larger market "offshore", meaning outside of Russia. But my friend is certainly not limited to working on Cyrillic type, she worked on Latin and Arabic scripts as well. (and quite a bit of Cyrillic type for big league foundries was developed by Paratype anyway).

>>I have purchased several of their faces, myself.

Chris, then chances are you have seen some her work already! We just finished tallying up the fonts from ParaType library that she was involved with, and it came to over 40 typefaces.

Right now we are checking with employers to find out which work was under NDA and will be all set.

Will this forum be a right place to post a resume for a review/critique?

dezcom's picture

Maxim,
Yes it is. Also, send an email to David Berlow of Font Bureau right now.

Here is what I have and perhaps more:

ExpressCTT.otf
KisCBT.otf
KisCBTIta.otf
KisOSCBT
KisOSCBTIta
KisSCCBT.otf
Liana
OctavC.otf
OctavCBol.otf
OctavCBolIta.otf
OctavCIta.otf
OctavSCC.otf
PlainScriptCTT.otf
RodchConC.otf
VesnaCTT.otf

Liana and VesnaCTT were listed as by Natalia Vasilyeva. Is that your person?

MaximT's picture

David, there does not seem to be a contact option on your typophile profile. What is the best way to reach you?

MaximT's picture

Chris, thanks, got it.
David, you should have my email now.

MaximT's picture

Chris,
Natalia is one of the designers that worked for Paratype. My friend was a technical person, didn't get mentioned in the font credits.

But my friend did work on Octava and Rodchenko typefaces from your list.

Getting NDA clearance is taking too much time, so we've decided to go ahead with what we have: http://typophile.com/node/73934

dezcom's picture

Looks good, Maxim!

gusnicklos's picture

I need some hinting work done if you have the time.

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