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Submit a Design

Monotype frequently receives requests for information on how to submit a typeface design. We are one of the few companies that actively seeks out and successfully markets new designs. Monotype is the keeper of three of the most respected typeface libraries: The ITC Library, the Linotype Library and the Monotype Library. Submitted typefaces will be considered for inclusion in one of these libraries. We are looking for everything from traditional text families to distinctive display designs and everything in between.

How Should I Prepare My Submission?

While we have looked at everything from lavish brochures to sketches on the back of a paper napkin, the most valuable submissions are those that showcase the basic characters and personality of the design. Ideally, we would like to see the complete character complement along with a test word (such as HAMBURGEFONTS) at various sizes. If it is a text design, a showing of how the typeface looks at text sizes is very helpful. If it is a display design, a sample headline will allow us to see how the design performs.

What Formats Are Acceptable As Submissions?

We prefer PDF or EPS files, but hardcopy presentations are also acceptable. We may also ask you to send a copy of your master font file (Fontographer, etc.). It is not uncommon for our Review Board to want to see the actual font data.

What If I’ve Only Drawn Enough Letters For A Hand-lettering Job?

Submit whatever you’ve got, even if it is a word or two. If your type design has potential, we’ll work with you to develop it further. The final digital font preparation, however, will still be your responsibility.

What Format Do You Accept Once My Design Has Been Approved?

We accept digital formats from programs such as FontLab. Include side bearings and kerning. Data from a vector illustration program such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand or Corel Draw will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What Final Character Complement Does Monotype Require?

All our fonts are released to the ISO/Adobe character set and include the Euro currency symbol. Below is a chart showing this character set.

Sample Character Set

Alternate and swash characters, along with ornaments and typeface sensitive symbols also help to make fonts more desirable to graphic designers. While we do not require these additional glyphs, they do help sell fonts.

When Can I Expect A Reply After Submitting A Design?

Monotype reviews typeface submissions three times a year. When you submit a design, we can give you the date of the next typeface review meeting.

What If I Have Additional Questions?

You can contact Bernhard Hofmacher by email. More information on submitting fonts for exclusive distribution can also be found here

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