Welcome to Typedia

We’re very pleased to take the wrapper off Typedia, a community website to classify typefaces and educate people about them. We love type, and we have a burning desire to learn as much as possible about typefaces: where they come from, who made them, and why they look the way they do. We want everyone to be able to share in that rich knowledge and enjoy the art and artists of type design.

Think of it as IMDb.com for type, but anyone can contribute. You can list typefaces (as well as foundries and designers), and other members can add to or complete your entries. We’ve also started a section of the site to learn about different terms related to type and the different ways they are classified.

We understand there will be some controversy here and there, issues like the “correct” way to classify typefaces or how we display typefaces (currently using Flash, similar to sIFR). We hope to continue evolving the site to find workable ways to keep everyone happy, including reaching out to foundries to bring them into the fold and show that we aren’t doing anything malicious here, and that we are trying to create a resource for their work to reach even more people. In the meantime, we ask that you consult your font EULAs before uploading any specimens to be sure you have permission to do so.

Over time, We think Typedia could grow into a great educational resource for people to learn about their favorite typefaces and discover new ones. If all of that sounds good to you, Sign Up for an account today and help us make Typedia as good as it can be.

  • 1. Jina Bolton’s avatar Jina Bolton Aug 13, 2009

    Great job, guys. This is such a fantastic idea. :)

  • 2. Josh Bryant’s avatar Josh Bryant Aug 24, 2009

    Congrats as well … looks amazing :) (except for the fact that I can’t use it on my iPhone #flashhater)

  • 3. Devin Reams’s avatar Devin Reams Aug 24, 2009

    Congrats to all involved, I’m excited to watch the site grow.

  • 4. edwelker’s avatar edwelker Aug 24, 2009

    Great idea for a site! Think I’ll have a lot of fun reading this!

  • 5. megolla’s avatar megolla Aug 24, 2009

    Great news!

    We need a “website about fonts“ that does not try to sell fonts at the same time…

  • 6. Dave McNally’s avatar Dave McNally Aug 24, 2009

    Congrats all! I’m already enjoying using the site :)

  • 7. voidnothings’s avatar voidnothings Aug 24, 2009

    Really awesome! :) Many thanks O__o

  • 8. chrislea’s avatar chrislea Aug 24, 2009

    Awesome to see this finally launch! Congrats guys!

  • 9. atmawarin’s avatar atmawarin Aug 24, 2009

    Awesome. I think, I’m gonna visit this site on a regular base.

  • 10. zeldman’s avatar zeldman Aug 24, 2009

    So happy you’ve finally unwrapped it. Looking forward to playing here and watching this community grow.

  • 11. lucasmourelle’s avatar lucasmourelle Aug 24, 2009

    Great job! Great idea! We needed this! Thanks a lot and good luck!

  • 12. Jimmy Ofisia’s avatar Jimmy Ofisia Aug 24, 2009

    The header background needs a little fixing, it’s narrower that than content. :D

  • 13. PabloImpallari’s avatar PabloImpallari Aug 25, 2009

    Congrats!!! I love this

  • 14. Firman Firdaus’s avatar Firman Firdaus Aug 25, 2009

    The site itself is very easy to use. Love it!

  • 15. Richard Fink’s avatar Richard Fink Aug 25, 2009

    Good luck with this.

    I write about fonts all the time – with an emphasis on screen readability and suitability for use with @font-face as that evolves over the coming years.

    A nice idea and, hopefully, a great resource in the making.

    Rich

  • 16. Karambir Singh rohilla’s avatar Karambir Singh rohilla Aug 26, 2009

    Congrats !!! I love this

  • 17. Trent Walton’s avatar Trent Walton Aug 27, 2009

    Good work! It would be cool if the Explore / Browse results showed thumbnails for quick blousing… er, I mean browsing.

  • 18. Jason Santa Maria’s avatar Jason Santa Maria Aug 27, 2009

    @ Trent Walton: Yep, all of the browsing improvement are on our to-do list once we squash some lingering bugs. Thanks!

  • 19. picca47’s avatar picca47 Sep 01, 2009

    Gr8 job guys!

  • 20. Pedro Leal’s avatar Pedro Leal Sep 06, 2009

    Nice idea… looks very promising!

  • 21. James Random’s avatar James Random Sep 24, 2009

    I think this promises to be one of the most useful resources on the internet for seekers of typographical knowledge. Excellent work!

  • 22. borisforconi’s avatar borisforconi Nov 13, 2009

    Very promising, great work!

    I was wondering why the “similar typeface” section was not editable. I suppose there’s a hell of a algorithm that finds similar entries, but I think sometimes similiar typeface should be added by contributors. Would have more accuracy. Maybe I didn’t see the point, or this is already in the todo list.

    Anyway, happy to join, I love it so far…

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