Fontyou is the first platform of online co-creation, dedicated to typography, which allows typelovers all around the world to create, share, develop, sell and buy fonts.
Fontyou was founded by Gregori Vincens, Nicolas Boudriot, Valentine Proust and Gia Tran as a manifestation of their desire to make typographical design easier accessible via innovative tools.
Starting from the observation that typography remains an area reserved to an elite of specialists, the founder of FontYou had the
idea of creating a space which is open to all creatives, in which they can learn the basics about typography, share their ideas, create fonts and, even, sell them.
Fontyou is a social typography network active for already one year and which attracted Euro 700,000 in funding in 2013. It has a team of 14 employees (typedesigners, developers, web designers, graphic designers, marketing and sales, community management and communication), all sharing the passion for design, innovation, linguistics and new technologies. It makes available to those interested a co-creation platform and shop.
The platform already has 813 members from 71 countries, over 1,000 posts and offers 2,369 tips and comments, along with over 72,000 designed signs.
The platform offers a workplace where typography fans can work together, co-create, interact and make projects evolve together. They can use platform’s for this platform’s interactive tools, like the online vectorial drawing tool, and others based on a technology developed internally by the Fontyou’s R&D, tech and UX design people.
When typographic project are selected and developed, the co-creators receive royalties on the sales that can go from 5 to 55% depending on their level of involvement. The developed fonts are sold via Fontyou’s e-commerce website and via the main international distribution channels (Myfonts, Fontshop etc). All the fonts support 35 languages (Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Welsh).
Fontyou font collection reflects worldwide trends and the creativity of the online community and includes over 45 typefaces and more than 200 fonts created or inspired by designers, for designers. The platform sold over 4,000 licenses in 8 months and puts up for sale 20 new fonts every month, with over 100 being under development.