We craft modern typefaces and provide innovative font engineering and type design services.
We believe that convincing communication is only possible with the most aesthetically pleasing and most technically sound fonts.
Our vision is to provide easy access to such fonts through free trial versions, a simple licensing model and one of the fastest ordering processes around.
Our long-lasting designs add value above and beyond the actual cost. These fonts can be downloaded directly by discerning agencies, designers and brands or ordered as a perfectly fitting custom type solution in addition to font engineering services.
We hope to contribute to something bigger by promoting talented designers from around the world with whom we work under the fairest conditions.
Our motivation is simply the love of good design. Outstanding type is our contribution to that.
Who is behind Fontwerk? A pretty motley crew. Nevertheless, a passion for letters, years of experience and some unexpected talents unite us.
From the typographic epicentre in Berlin, we operate as a permanent team and freelance network of international designers, font engineers and marketing experts. Many of us are from the original FontShop universe; the place where typographic trends were set, simple license models devised, experimental limits explored and the largest library of contemporary typefaces emerged. We carry this DNA within us and develop it further – 100% independently.
Founder and Managing Director Ivo started Fontwerk at the beginning of 2019. Prior to that he was the Marketing Director at FontShop International and following the takeover by Monotype, he worked in a number of different roles, most recently as Senior Director of Marketing for MyFonts, Linotype, FontShop, Fonts.com and FontExplorer X.
His passion for typography was ignited whilst he trained as a Media Designer for Digital and Print Media. The Engineer of Print and Media Technology was a member of the DIN 1450 Standardization Committee (lettering and legibility), he also founded Typostammtisch Berlin, LTypI and Creative FM.
Ivo is an enthusiastic cyclist, nature lover and keen gardener and especially loves to grow fruit. The autumn before last, he planted the apple variety, Prince Albrecht of Prussia, but he’s still waiting for it to bear fruit.
Font Engineer Olli joined the Fontwerk family in 2022. Starting out as a Communications Designer, he initially worked with type for agencies such as MetaDesign and Stan Hema. He also taught the basics of typography at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden before he was drawn to Monotype’s production team. There he found his calling in font technology, most recently as a Senior Software Engineer, and was responsible for internal font tools, among many other things.
His projects for the market leader included: Helvetica Now, Neue Frutiger World (working on Quality Engineering), he worked with Bernd Volmer on the corporate design of TYPOLabs, which used a variable font as a logo for the first time and which was awarded a Red Dot, he also created his own family Vary and the interactive font specimen website FontSpecimen.com which was an (Awwwards-nominee. As a committed member of the Unicode consortium, Olli is involved in the development of one of the most important tools in our industry and has worked closely with Dave Opstad, Apple’s TrueType and Unicode Pioneer. Working in cooperation with Glyphs he also ensures the quality of the app and supports the development of new features.
His reputation as a DIY king proves that he can also do things by hand. On a farm in Barnim, he lives out his passion for vegetables, works on wood or jumps on his randonneur bike to cycle over 1000 km across Poland … or sometimes to the North Cape.
Our freelance team includes the following friendly faces.
Font Engineer Right from the very start, Christoph has supported us and been a source of invaluable knowledge in his prime discipline and area of expertise, Font Technology. He has helped us build a powerful engineering team and production workflow. We value him not only as a source of brilliant ideas and impulses but also as a critical spirit and dear friend.
Type Director Andreas joined us for the first one and a half years. His mentoring approach and expert eagle eye is a deciding element of our publishing idea. During the 16 years that he headed up the Type Department at FontFont, his guiding hand was highly appreciated by numerous designers. Many FontFont superstars including FF DIN, FF Meta, FF Mark and FF Spinoza all benefited from his precision and meticulousness.
Andreas is perhaps best known for his workshops and type design teaching. There was hardly a TYPO Berlin visitor from 2001 to 2018 who didn’t benefit from his highly interactive and engaging calligraphy workshop and from his hilarious puns and wordplay.
Font Engineer Daniel is another key part of our technical network. He is a man of many talents and is a Type Designer and Font Engineer. He designs logos and typefaces, produces and masters fonts and writes scripts for font production. Daniel studied communication design at HBKsaar, where he got lost in the world of letters and hasn’t looked back. Since then, he has worked for DaltonMaag in London and Alphabet Type in Berlin. During the pandemic, he retrained as a paramedic. But, some of his patients are fonts that he works on with us at Fontwerk part-time.
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By the way, we are growing and plan to expand our Engineering Team. If you’re interested, please get in touch.
Marketing & Translation Lucy is what is commonly known as a global citizen. She is currently working as a freelance marketing and communications consultant in Cornwall. Before that, she worked with her sister as a flower grower and florist and also renovated a beautiful old Cornish Farmhouse (hot insider tip for anyone wanting to visit!). And before that, she worked in Berlin for FontShop and FontFont. After perfecting her German, this English woman is set to follow suit with Portuguese. She’s also working on her first book and we’re convinced that it will be a bestseller.
Web Developer We have worked with Rob on a number of other software projects, e.g. FontStruct, an Adobe plugin and various microsites. We are frequent users of Fonts In Use which he also developed. So it was logical for us that he wrote the code for our webshop. We don’t know a faster and more precise developer. A little known fact: Rob’s biggest success outside of his work was winning a fancy dress competition, dressed as a fried egg.
UX/UI Designer Jana is our secret weapon for interface design. She combines user-oriented design with typographic know-how and a highly efficient way of working. She is living proof that mothers are the best because they are the most organized employees. However, caution should be exercised on one thing. Pray that you never face her in a foosball match, opponents don’t stand a chance against her!
Type Designers All our Type Designers are part of the Fontwerk Family too: Aad, Anja, Daniel, Erik, Felix, Franziska, Jörg, Katja, Loris, Noheul, Ralph and Ulrike, as well as a number of other designers, whose typefaces are still in the works. These talented people not only fill our label with exclusive content, we also work with them on all sorts of type design projects. Custom fonts, language extensions, calligraphy, lettering, design modifications and additions or logo developments and improvements; our designer pool always has the right partner ready.