Fantastic Fonts from Foundries Around the World

If you’re looking for new typefaces to round out your collection, then consider what these foundries have to offer. If you’re in the shopping mood and you find it hard to choose from one or two below, then why not get them all?

New Typefaces from Foundries Around the World

Avondale Type Co.

Avondale Type Co., based in Chicago Illinois, has made a name for itself by releasing great typefaces, and as an added bonus, they are all web safe. Not only do they design typefaces for print and the web, selling them online, but they also offer “custom typeface design services” where they make “entirely unique digital fonts for your brand, client, or need.”

ATC Artist Series II

As a follow-up to their ATC Artist Series released in fall 2014, Avondale Type Co. released ATC Artist Series II for even more artists and designers to create something special and share it with the public. “The premise is simple, an artist takes their initials, one symbol and the ATC logo and interprets it, using one ATC typeface, in any way they see fit. Outside of these guidelines, the interpretation is entirely up to the artist.” Square formatted, they’re perfect for sharing on social using #atcartistseries.

ATC Duel

ATC Duel is known as “ATC Yara’s Fatter Cousin.” But don’t let its girth intimidate you. Choose from Sharp & Rounded, with the added bonus of italics, ligatures, Cyrillic script, numerals, and accents, among other tasty features. Whether you go with Sharp to make a point or Rounded for a friendly appearance, you can test-drive it online at ATC’s Type Tester.

ATC Fritz

One look at ATC Fritz and you won’t know what to make of it. Fancy? Frivolous? You’ll have to play with the numerals/symbols face’s multiple layers to really find out. Combine its flat, inline, wet, shutters, bevel, extrude outline, extrude shadow, and shadow to see what you can make.

ATC Harris

The monospaced sans ATC Harris “has been blowing up” according to ATC’s Jason Schwartz, who calls it their “most purchased face.” If you’re a developer or programmer and busy looking at HTML, CSS, or code all day, then ATC Harris just might be the typeface for you.


Fontsmith, a type foundry located in central London, has worked with clients such as BBC, Nike, Sky, and Xerox, among others. Founded in 1997 by Jason Smith, they have a large library of fonts available for a variety of uses.

FS Aldrin

FS Aldrin by Phil Garnham is a modern rounded font with technical and precise elegance. The typeface’s “wide-open ‘lunar’ counters and soft, tube-like terminals” give it a spacey quality. And if you’re wondering if it’s named after the pilot of Apollo 11’s lunar module, Buzz Aldrin, you’re correct. “Not only was the great man himself happy to see his name on a typeface, he also asked to use it in his upcoming keynote talks, book launches and online projects.” Added bonus? A collection of 268 icons for user interface design.

FS Brabo

FS Brabo by Fernando Mello is a functional serif typeface inspired by the early book typefaces at the world-renowned Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. This “contemporary, personal interpretation of a garalde—a class of typeface originating in the 16th century that includes Bembo, Garamond and Plantin” is a versatile workhorse for any assignment

FS Lucas

FS Lucas by Stuart de Rozario is geometric, based on near-perfect circles, triangles and squares, considered “pure and uncomplicated in design.” Its angles and apexes recall “light-scattering effects of triangular prisms” which is key to understanding where FS Lucas got its name: “Lucas is derived from lux, the Latin word for light.”

FS Siena

FS Siena by Jason Smith with Krista Radoeva is a modern contrasted sans serif that has an air of elegance. If the typeface looks familiar, it’s because it owes something to Optima. But Smith’s design is more of a “personal interpretation of a typographic genre” especially when you consider the differences. Certain letters have curved strokes, making for a unique look and feel compared with Hermann Zapf’s Optima.

Just Another Foundry

Just Another Foundry, based in Germany, was founded in 2004 and is run by Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura. Ahrens and Mugikura had different academic backgrounds prior to studying at the University of Reading (UK). In addition to their quality fonts, Just Another Foundry gives talks and workshops, and has tools for type designers such as Font Remix Tools plug-ins for FontLab Studio and Glyphs.

JAF Bernini Sans

JAF Bernini Sans by Tim Ahrens & Shoko Mugikura works well as a text face, and also for larger applications such as headings and displays. “Each style of Bernini Sans includes two fonts: JAF Bernino Sans and his sister JAF Bernina Sans—a more playful version with alternate shapes such as round dots and a double-storey g.” It’s a recipient of awards from Type Directors Club and Communication Arts.

JAF Bernini Serif

The designers started with JAF Bernini Serif first, and before JAF Bernini Sans, but Mugikura says that “the sans overtook and was released first.” Readers get a preview of JAF Bernini Serif here, but it won’t debut until early 2017, so you’ll have to wait.

JAF Domus

JAF Domus by Tim Ahrens & Shoko Mugikura is “a monolinear sans with rounded terminals.” Derived from JAF Domus Titling, JAF Domus is the text version with “more eco­nomical pro­portions.” The short descenders of JAF Domus enable you to set running text with a more airy feel between lines, since descenders take up less space.

Even More Fantastic Fonts

That wraps it up for this installment of some fantastic fonts and where to find them. Want even more? Check out The Best New Typefaces of 2016 online or better yet, get a copy of the Fall issue of Print. And be sure to look at its honorable mentions, in an online exclusive too.

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