As autumn kicks into high gear in the Northern Hemisphere, the days may be growing shorter, but our appetite for great new type never wanes. We’re excited to once again expand the Type Network family with the addition of a wonderful new foundry partner—the Type-Ø-Tones from Spain.
In the early 1990s, a common passion for letterforms and type design brought together Catalan creatives Laura Meseguer, José Manuel Urós, Joan Barjau, and Enric Jardí. Together, they formed Type-Ø-Tones, an independent foundry dedicated to crafting an eclectic collection of display types for varied applications.
During the foundry’s formative years, the Type-Ø-Tones built a library inspired by childhood memories and recollections of vernacular letterforms. The sympatico co-founders experimented conceptually and traversed unexplored territories in type design, infusing their diverse personalities into each release.
Over time, the designers became more serious about their typographic endeavors, paying careful attention to changes in technology and how best to develop their typefaces. They expanded their repertoire to include thoughtful text faces and graceful scripts. But the key ingredient in the Type-Ø-Tones formula remains most evident today: a spirit of playfulness. You can see the vibrancy and great sense of fun in their work, and in how they work together.
The Type Network Type Congress thoughtfully chooses its foundry partners. Quality and diversity of offerings are considered, and the Type-Ø-Tones collection is a welcome enhancement to our catalog. As much as we focus on showcasing the work and stories of talented designers, we also work closely together on a variety of projects. Those of us who have come to know and respect the members of the Type-Ø-Tones over the years felt that their continuing thirst for typographic knowledge, their positive attitudes, and their strong work ethic would add something special to the mix.
Meseguer and Urós have taken over as principals of Type-Ø-Tones, working in partnership to take the foundry into future. Their longevity in the digital type world, their ability to adapt to changes in the field, and the continual expansion of their involvement in the type community are a testament to their efforts to hone their craft, to learn, and to nurture relationships developed with their co-founders and design partners over time.
“We are lucky to have Laura and Josema join the Type Network family,” said Paley Dreier, general manager of Type Network. “They are special people and this is reflected in their work. I’m truly looking forward to seeing how our customers put their typefaces to use.”
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the Type-Ø-Tones to the Type Network family. We’ll be talking in depth about their typefaces in the coming months, and they’ll share their thoughts on type and design. More intriguing Type-Ø-Tones faces are in the works—stay tuned.