Any thoughts about Creative Fabrica?

Somebody from Creative Fabrica reach me to add my work on their website. It was the first time I heard about that distributor. May I have your thoughts about them? Thank you in advance


  • Grzegorz Luk (gluk)
    Grzegorz Luk (gluk) Posts: 159
    edited October 2021
    "Spotify" model in world of fonts :)

    CreativeFabrica had a separate category "Color fonts", then I found it as a good place to sell my OpenTypeSVG fonts.

    they put a lot of emphasis on subscription, so it's getting harder and harder to sell a font if there is an ad for a $1 subscription next to them.

    Good place if you believe in the future of the subscription model
  • Rob Barba
    I've been selling there for a while.  Yeah, they make their money off subscriptions, no argument.  But I've been doing pretty well there, and if you do more than just fonts, it's a great way to have a knock on effect: I have a lot of people buying my clipart designs just because they've purchased my fonts in the past.

    YMMV, but there are worse places out there.
  • André Simard
    Thank you all of you for sharing your thoughts.
  • Simon Cozens
    They've been emailing me about once a week asking me to "join as a designer". I've realised two fonts in my life and they're both rubbish. They've obviously been trawling dafonts, and they're behaving like spammers.
  • Cory Maylett
    They've been emailing me about once a week asking me to "join as a designer".
    Yes. Same here. I finally added their address to my junk mail filters.

    From what I can tell, they target hobbyists, crafters, and people looking for inexpensive fonts and clip-art sorts of graphics. This is fine, but I have nothing to sell that fits that description, making me wonder how I ended up on their mailing list.
  • Hm... I have lots of stuff to sell to that crowd :)
  • John Butler
    Speaking of Monotype and weird downmarket storefronts, Monotype is selling ten fonts for $5 in the Microsoft Windows Store as a “Christmas” font pack, including some rather well-made newer designs like Hesse Antiqua and the recent Walbaum and Sachsenwald revivals.

    When you purchase and download them, they get copied into a hidden and “protected” Windows Store apps folder that cannot be accessed or browsed without jumping through a series of insultingly Orwellian security hoops, making it difficult to back them up or check out their extra unencoded glyphs and features in FontLab. I doubt anyone connected with designing or building these actual fonts has the least inkling what the Windows Store does with them.
  • Mike Wenzloff
    The Store fonts are located in the hidden C:\Program Files\WindowsApps folder.
    Then the "package name". In my case:

    You need to take ownership of the WindowsApps folder to get there.

    WinAero makes an easy to use utility to do this.
  • John Butler
    John Butler Posts: 268
    Thanks, Mike, I took ownership manually and was able to back up the purchase.
  • Donald Tarallo
    Donald Tarallo Posts: 6
    edited July 2022
    I am considering Creative Fabrica and thought that it would be good to look around here on Typedrawers to read what folks have been saying.
    The subscription model is interesting. I see on their website that they seem to encourage the conversion of .otf files to web fonts. To me this would seem to discourage one from buying a proper web font license. I don't know if the subscription only model would allow one to upload fonts for conversion to a web font.
  • Ray Larabie
    Ray Larabie Posts: 1,389
    @Donald Tarallo
    Are you talking about Creative Fabrica or Creative Market?
  • J. Bridges
    J. Bridges Posts: 91
    edited September 2022
    Buying a license to a font through these types of subscription plans seems problematic and confusing to users. I believe that fonts licensed at Creative Fabrica and Envato subscriptions can no longer be used on new projects once the subscription is cancelled. I have a feeling users will not understand or honor that agreement. If these were activated fonts like the Adobe model it could work. It is a bad idea. But, everyone knows that.
  • jilljj
    jilljj Posts: 1
    Creative Fabrica does not take responsibility once you submit a font. They were extremely slow (weeks later) answering my question about why I could not (and still can't) access the submission I unfortunately decided to make a few weeks ago. I asked them to return it. Nor are they willing to waver on their Commercial Rights according to their own policies. I found some disturbing conversations (on Reddit in the Etsy section) about the use of possibly stolen art showing up on Etsy (which Etsy is apparently trying to combat by suing). Art that has an originating point of Creative Fabrica (and a response from CF claiming they do not take responsibility for third-party. But I bet they love the money and pod resell part. The fact that Getty images are showing up in AI art (something that CF definitely promotes, puts a whole new spin on the convolution of copyrights also. Too hot to touch perhaps? I'm washing my hands of them and left them with a notification that they may NOT EVER use, sell, redistribute, or give away the submission of a professional hand drawn font made with precision and a 10 star description because I sent MY EULA copyright with it, something they apparently are not willing to negotiate. 
    The experience I just had is not one I'd wish on anyone here. I wish I had seen the post here before I submitted, but hopefully this explains what to look out for.