Colophon Foundry

Type Designer

Based: London
Level: Junior
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 01 April 2018
Twitter: @colophonfoundry
Job Listing Added: 15 February 2018

Colophon is an international, award-winning type foundry based in London (UK) and Los Angeles (US). We create, publish, and distribute high-quality retail and custom typefaces for analog and digital media.


Since 2009, Colophon has tasked itself with producing fonts that are composed with aesthetic and technological care, prompting a reputable library of new classics that couple typographic history with contemporary sensibilities. In tandem with its own designs, the foundry hosts original typefaces drawn by influential practitioners from varied design disciplines. The resulting catalogue offers graphic designers and users-of-type a series of indelible digital tools, each with a distinct typographic identity.


In addition to the offerings in our retail inventory, we accept commissions for custom fonts, font families, and logotypes, as well as tailored / bespoke versions of our existing typefaces, including language extensions.


Colophon Foundry’s self-initiated and commissioned work in type design is complemented by independent and collaborative initiatives in publishing, editing / curation, exhibition-making, and teaching, with a focus on local and international partnerships with institutions of all sizes.


We are currently looking for a type designer to join our team. You will be working directly on custom type projects, as well as self-driven type projects (our own publishing schedule and a variety of other designed output via Colophon Foundry).


You Should Have:
— Around one years industry experience
— Be forward thinking, decisive and a team player
— A strong visual aesthetic, and understanding of the necessary technical skills to produce great work
— A good understanding of current type design and typographic driven design culture
— Strong conceptual skills and thinking


Key Skills:
— Great communication skills (written and spoken)
— Attention to detail at the extreme level
— Ability to work in a team
— Typographic understanding
— In-depth knowledge of Glyphs
— Experience with multi-style designs
— Excellent working knowledge of the common Adobe Programmes (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
— Ability to handle multiple projects at once
— Ability to plan
— Forward-thinking and management of your own time to allow for the best result in each project — Be flexible, adaptive and able to ‘muck-in’


Beneficial Skills:
— Knowledge of Python
— Knowledge of other scripts (Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Thai)


To Consider:
— The role starts with a three month trial period
— Our studio is in Hackney Downs, London
— You will be working with a 5 person team, and we are continuing to expand

How to Apply

— Send a covering letter explaining why you fit the role and what you can bring to our team
— Send a PDF portfolio with recent projects (ideally 7–10 projects)
— Please ensure all names and information is thorough and correct. We will probably disregard your application if you spell our names (Anthony & Edd) wrong!
— Send an email to [email protected]