One of the most exciting things for me lately has been the discovery of the Lost Type Co-Op. It has changed the way that I’ve created designs using type, and has made available to designers a fantastic palette of typefaces for various applications inspired by a wide range of design styles.
So, what is it and what makes it so great? In short, it’s a (mostly) free collection of type for anyone to download and use. In long, it’s a collaboration in which top-notch type designers throw some of their best work into the ring, and make it available for everyone to download. Just select the typeface you would like, specify how much you would like to pay for it (“0” if you would like it for free) and download. It’s made to be easy and artful, and is downright fantastic. These are some of the highest quality new fonts out there, and they are FREE (have I said that before…?). Of course, I’m sure Co-Op would like at least a mention if you use their typefaces extensively and would always appreciate a few bucks thrown their way (who wouldn’t want to reward their hard work), but there aren’t too many strings attached. Well, none, really.
Here is what they say about themselves:
“The Lost Type Co-Op is a Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind.
Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model.
Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in ‘$0’ for a free download.
100% of funds from these sales go directly to the designers of the fonts, respectively.
Lost Type takes no cut of sales, and holds no funds.”
Pretty awesome, right? Well, I’m not the only one who has noticed this and cashed in. I’ve been seeing thier typefaces pop up everywhere. For examples of how other designers are using Lost Type typefaces, look no further than Dribbble. Below are just a few that I pulled:
Lovely work by Nathan Romero, using Duke and Homestead.
Detail of a beautiful infographic created by Kyle Anthony Miller. Some of the Lost Type fonts used in the piece include Ribbon, Wisdom Script, and Pompadour.
Another offering from Kyle, this time with Pampadour, Wisdom Script, and Duke.
Simple screenprint by Brian Grellmann, using Wisdom Script.
Last but not least, a few examples of how I have incorporated Lost Type’s fonts into my own work:
This particular piece is using Homestead, Wisdom Script, and Ribbon.
Fonts in use here: Wisdom Script, Deming, and Mensch. Copy: Mandy Stinson.
So, when you have a chance, head on over to the Lost Type Co-Op and see the awesomeness for yourself. Who knows, maybe even your designs will be enlivened by one (or a few) of their fonts.
I was on Dribbble again today, and since this last post Wisdom Script has not waned in popularity. Sure it’s currently being bashed by typographers and is truthfully on the verge of being overused, but I still enjoy it nonetheless. Below is a collection of Dribbble shots using the font, and is the result of just a few pages of casual browsing.