Autumn 2018

Generation font rent

Jan Middendorp
Front matter

Fontstand has pioneered an innovative way for graphics students to make work with professional quality typefaces. Jan Middendorp investigates

Budding graphic designers have a hard time exploring the type market today. Online sources of information are often purely commercial or downright unreliable, and while there are dozens, maybe hundreds of micro-foundries with well made websites, young graphic designers and students have trouble finding their way through the forest of fonts. Fontstand, a Dutch-Slovakian distribution network, is now coming to the rescue with an educational font licensing programme. Could this be a gateway to a brighter typographic future for students?


Jan Middendorp, designer, writer and author of Dutch Type, Berlin

Read the full version in Eye no. 97 vol. 25, 2018


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