Colophon Type Foundry

Edd Harrington Anthony Sheret

Colophon Type Foundry

The Entente

Network of different people and studios with different skills can respond to lots of different jobs Bespoke typefaces for big and small organisations

Commissions as a Testing Ground

Colophon build their own custom tools, software, content management systems and most importantly typefaces for most of their projects.

Outside In

Stephen Gill book design custom typeface relative book often start with one one specific weight for one use case and expand the family from there proportional typeface with the feeling of a monospaced every letter stays the same width across all weights

Stuart Griffiths

No Cash Value

Hotshoe Magazine

basis grotesque hotshoe own material off white and regular cut. off weight slightly heavier for coloured backgruunds, uk road sign face

Stanley Barker Custom font based on unica: Grotesk 54

La Fabrique

Documents design process in a visual way

Nasty Gal

Gif showing various specimen images of the NG Grot typeface

Nasty Gal is a fast-growing clothes brand. They work with lots of different designers, freelancers and interns, so they needed some way to introduce consistency. A full brand styleguide would have been too limiting, so Colophone designed three bespoke typefaces for them.

Blog Post about the Project

Castledown School

Type specimen showing different cuts of the castledown typeface.

Three different cuts:

  1. Castledown Regular
  2. Castledown Fun (rationalised comic sans)
  3. Castledown Cursive & Castledown Cursive Instructional

The cursive version was a technical challenge, they used Open Type to create natural ligatures between chracters, each character has up to 14 different versions stylistic alternates

Wired Article on the Project

Five Years