Where does the name "Village" come from?
We just liked the idea that we could get together some talented friends under a kind of co-op, a strong group with strong individual voices. That despite being scattered around the world, we could band together for the benefit of the group, sharing knowledge and expertise.
Who are the members of Village?
Village includes: A2-Type, Constellation, Feliciano Type Foundry, Incubator, Klim, LuxTypo, MCKL, Schwartzco, Type Supply and Urtd.
Are all Village designers American?
No. Our members and designers (originally) hail from…
Canada: Patrick Giasson, Chester Jenkins
China: Keith Chi-hang Tam
Denmark: Henrik Kubel & Trine Rask
Finland: Saku Heinänen
New Zealand: Kris Sowersby
Norway: Magnus Rakeng
Portugal: Hugo d’Alte & Mário Feliciano
Slovakia: Ondrej Jób
Switzerland: Edgar Walthert
United States: Josh Finklea, Tal Leming, Greg Lindy, Jeremy Mickel, Christian Schwartz & Lucas Sharp
Is Village some giant corporation?
No. We are a very small independent distributor, publisher and designer of typefaces. Village consists of two partners in Brooklyn, with member foundries around the world, ranging in size from 1 to 3 people. We are registered and based in New York City, with our studio in the creative hub of DUMBO.
How did you assemble the members of Village?
Our core group was assembled by invitation, and new members are either invited, or have approached us to request membership. We have curated our group very carefully around the Village aesthetic and philosophy.
How do I join your group and have my types distributed by Village?
Please contact us to discuss potential membership. We have curated our group very carefully around the Village aesthetic and philosophy, and only add member foundries on rare and extraordinary occasions.
Who chooses the types distributed by Village?
The individual foundries make decisions about releases in consultation with fellow Village members.
Most fonts are free. Why do I have to pay for yours?
Your computer shipped with a large number of fonts already installed; these have all been licensed or commissioned specially, so their designers and publishers have already been compensated. You pay to license our types in order to have access to new and unique typographic tools for your communication. (Sounds grandiose, we know.)
Most of your typefaces have been designed by men from Europe or North America. Why is that?
We select Village members and Incubator designers solely on the quality and inventiveness of their work, and on no other basis. We welcome submissions from all, regardless of age, race, sex, or nationality. Our members and designers are men and at least a couple of women from North America, Northern and Southern Europe, China, and the South Pacific.
Most of your typefaces only support the Latin alphabet. Why is that?
Most of our members and designers are based in countries which use the Latin alphabet. Some of our designs cover other scripts, and we hope to add more designs with more language support. Our members support certain languages and scripts based on their clients’ needs and personal interests. We do offer a couple of typefaces which support the Cyrillic script, and one which supports the Hebrew script. We aim to widen our customer base and language support in the coming years.
What is the Incubator?
The Incubator is Village’s foundry for new work from under-represented designers. Incubator typefaces are almost always the first published typefaces from emerging designers who work with Village partners and members to hone their work for publication.
Who are the members of the Incubator?
The Incubator publishes work by: Hugo d’Alte, Josh Finklea, Saku Heinänen, Trine Rask, Lucas Sharp, Keith Chi-hang Tam & Edgar Walthert. Work is currently being prepared for release from nearly a dozen incredibly talented young designers.
How do I join the Incubator and have my types published by it?
Please contact us to discuss potential publication. Half of the designers of Incubator typefaces have approached us’ the other half we have approached. We are always on the lookout for interesting new work.
How do you decide which types to publish through the Incubator?
The types published through the Incubator are selected by the Village partners because we found something interesting and worth sharing with a larger audience. We ask ourselves, ‘Do I like this typeface? Would I want to use it?’ Besides the Village partners, Incubator typefaces are usually reviewed by two or three Village members.
Who designed your site?
Our site was created by Oak with art direction and design by Village.