On our reading list: Best Typographic Blogs

April 18th, 2012

On our reading list

Whether we’re on the lookout for typographical talent, on the hunt for international type trends or simply after a bit of bedtime reading; here’s a roundup of the type blogs that we like to read in the FontFont office. You can also check out our must read blogs and type links, which are listed on the right hand side.

James Mosley

James Mosley teaches at the Department of Typography at the University of Reading. He also teaches courses in Lyons, Charlottesville. He is the author of numerous essays, reviews, and has published many notable articles. His blog Typefoundry offers considered thought on typographical topics.

John D. Berry

John D. Berry  is an editor and typographer, and one of the foremost thinkers in the world of Typography. He is the president of ATypI, the former director of the Type Directors Club in New York and was previously a Program Manager at Microsoft. He has won numerous awards for book designs and is currently working on developing new typographical strategies for digital publishing. Check out his blog for his current thoughts.


Fontwerk is the web project of our very own Ivo Gabrowitsch. Covering everything to do with typography, it’s great for any German speakers! It’s also the go-to-resource for finding out about the legendary Berliner Typostammtisch (a get together of type aficionados in Berlin) that he set up in 2006.


Habrahabr was set up in 2006 by Media Case. The blog, in Russian, covers a whole range of topics including IT, Marketing, Research and they have a dedicated section on typography.


Kupferschrift is the work of Indra Kupferschmid, author, typographer and teacher. Her website offers a collection of commentaries, typographical treats and finds, and a wealth of articles on design. Mostly in English, but also sometimes in German.

Ministry of Type

The Ministry of Type is written by Aegir Hallmundur from the UK. He’s passionate about recreating and reworking old designs into vector artwork and handtracing. His blog Ministry of Type is a cornucopia of type finds, typographical topics, lovely lettering, calligraphy and a whole lot more.

Paul Shaw

For the past three decades Paul Shaw, a designer and design historian, has researched and written about the history of graphic design, focusing specifically on typography, lettering and calligraphy. His slow blog, Blue Pencil, is dedicated to the “3Rs: reading, research, and writing”.

Smashing Magazine

Founded in 2006, Smashing Magazine is aimed at web designers and developers, offering useful and original information about all about the world of web development. They have a very comprehensive section on typography, with contributors from all over the world.


Typefacts was set up by Christoph Koberlin, Font Technician here at FontFont, in 2006. Aimed at students and those with an interest in typography, it brings clarity, comprehension and intelligibility to the topic of typography. A veritable type toolkit, it’s packed with practical tips and reference materials.

Type is Beautiful

Type is Beautiful, established in 2007, is a blog written in Chinese about by western typography. It covers a whole host of topics ranging from printing and typesetting, to graphic design, information design, and design culture.


Typekit offers a subscription-based library of hosted, high-quality fonts to use on websites. Their blog will certainly sate your appetite for all things webfonts related. 


Typografia is a Polish blog, with topics ranging from basic typography, the history of typography, Written mainly by Robert Chwałowski and Stefan Szczypka it aims to popularize typographica knowledge.


Typetoken, set up by Mike Sullivan, Mark Milic and David Cole, is an online magazine focusing on the world of Typography and featuring contributions from around the world. Typetoken is a great source for type inspiration and creative stimulation, showcasing the latest trends from around the world.


Unzipped, written by our lovely FontShop friends over in Belgium, is a fantastic overview of the typographic scene in Belgium.

What’s on your reading list? Have you got any recommendations? We’d love to hear from you. 

Image: Patrick Strattner (ƒStop 1022012)