Monotype Acquires FontShop

Renowned type company Monotype has acquired the font portal FontShop, including its US and European offices, and FontShop AG, the company’s German distributor. In addition, the purchase includes the FontFont library of Erik Spiekermann, FontFont’s co-founder and well-known type designer.

Monotype’s president and CEO, Doug Shaw, and Spiekermann both point to the synergistic blending of Monotype’s business acumen and FontShop’s creative connections with font designers and end users as major benefits of the acquisition. Monotype also cites the broader push into the important German typographic market as a huge advantage. As far as we, the end users, are concerned, Monotype states that there will be more selection, better implementation, and extended licensing options for fonts from “screen to print.”

Sampling of FontFont type

Another concern to type enthusiasts and end-users is what will become of the TYPO conferences held in the US and Europe. Monotype intends to continue FontShop’s extremely popular conferences that have been a fixture throughout the typographic community. And for the foreseeable future, Erik Spiekermann will serve as a typographical consultant to Monotype. An FAQ about the acquisition, as well as the entire press release, can be found on the Monotype website.

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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