monotype application turnaround time?

I put in a foundry partner application with monotype ( and haven't heard anything in a while. Does anybody how long these usually take to process? 




  • There might be a backlog – they recently took down their application system for a few weeks while they were setting up a new system.

    I applied just before the old system (a Google Form) was taken down, and I never got notified when my foundry account was set up. I just happened to notice (a month after applying) that my MyFonts account had some new items in the "Hello, Justin" dropdown menu at the top. So I found the link to the Foundry Platform and entered my MyFonts login/password and it worked.
  • Paul HanslowPaul Hanslow Posts: 83
    IIRC they were backlogged after Christmas and had minimal staff on deck (possibly due to Covid also?). I was informed of this by a fellow type designer trying to get their application approved to enable selling on MyFonts.  
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 2,128
    had minimal staff on deck
    Monotype laid off a bunch of people (including type designers).

  • edited April 12
    I just got my approval message, so it took about a week. That's not bad at all. 
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,364
    Perhaps the people who own what is left of Monotype [and all they have devoured] have resigned themself to profit milking with bare minimum new investment? Are there ANY "Type" people left or just scavengers picking decaying bones for profit?
  • edited April 12
    I suppose they, as much as anyone else in the business, are feeling the pressure of free fonts on one hand, and walled gardens on the other. And while the argument that free fonts aren't worth the hassle if you want quality is still true, people who appreciate that fact seem to be growing scarcer (and many free fonts nowadays are very good). 

    As it is, I feel I'm only making money because I do off-trend stuff for a niche audience, and commissions. Any hopes I may have had of giving up my day job have long evaporated. 

  • Yeah... I had plans to first put some stuff up that doesn't sell all that well on my own site, to test the waters. Their take is substantial, so I'll have to consider carefully if it's worth putting up my plums, as it were.
  • JoyceKettererJoyceKetterer Posts: 518
    @Oliver Weiss (Walden Font Co.) It's not a real test if you aren't using your best stuff.
  • edited April 16
    Sure. I'm just more concerned about what happens once something is in their clutches, as it were. I may be a bit too paranoid about letting my IP out of my control. But one of my strengths is my licensing model (which is focused on putting fonts into people's hands, not on setting them up to be sued). I have a reputation for that with my customers, and I don't want to see that ruined because MT is "going to bat on my behalf". Perhaps I just need to read the foundry agreement more carefully. 
  • K PeaseK Pease Posts: 105
    I do recall that what I signed said that offering the same font elsewhere for a lower price than you sell it on MyFonts is not allowed. I imagine that hasn't changed. So I see how that would hinder your flexibility in handing out fonts as you see fit. But the consequences of a dispute would at most be getting kicked off the platform.
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