Being a little on the old side, and mostly had my head in the font making process above most things, I've only just realized there are communities on a place called Reddit and 'Slack' that have all sorts of like-minded people in little communities. Anyone know if there are any little groups for Type designers? I don't really even know how to search them
Or at least my attempted searches have been fruitless. The only one of value I've found is TypeDrawers, but keen to know if there might be more out there that I haven't stumbled across. I know of Typography.guru - but seems to be more font users than makers there - or at least thats how it seemed.
This sub made for type designers but isn't highly active—we could certainly rectify that. r/typedesign
There's a lot of misunderstanding what the term typography means but there are occasionally useful posts on this sub. r/typography
This is where type designers post announcements of new releases. This sub is rife with font ID requests and pirate requests, even though it's forbidden. r/fonts
These subs deal with specific type design applications but I don't think there are subs for Glyphs, FontCreator or others. r/FontLab r/FontForge
Other subs of interest to type designers: r/PenmanshipPorn r/Lettering r/SignPainting
If anything, twitter has a pretty active type community. There it's not so much a certain board that you follow, but just individual designers. Lot's of active discussions happening between them.
While I agree with some of you with regards to reddit, you're underestimating the sheer power of 200,000 users subscribed there. Majority of users might be laymen or beginners but of the 200,000 there's gotta be professionals that most likely idle than offer critique and some do occasionally, some of you in here are there too. But more importantly reddit's type subs offer encouragement, typedrawers doesn't. Typedrawers is an amazing wealth of knowledge coming from industry giants and thats why reddit's r/typography has it on the sidebar but typedrawers has nothing to encourage in the form of an upvote or the equivalent. Reddit does. So if you're new to typedesign, reddit does encourage you and you can gauge that using upvotes, the upvotes may not be entirely accurate but you kinda get the gist of how bad or good it is. I say this because my entire career in type and lettering stems from reddit and how they were encouraging since the get go. Having said that I find critique from complete strangers sometimes eye opening because they dont see type like we do day in day out. It is a perspective we must use to our advantage and welcome it.
I think Twitter and TypeDrawers are the two most active online communities for type designers, though. You can find fifteen lists of type designers to follow on Twitter in my profile: https://twitter.com/_justinpenner/lists
Also, I've seen various comments in the past about Slack/Discord communities for type designers, but I haven't managed to find any of them. Are there any active ones that are open for anyone to join? I think @Paul Hanslow mentioned starting one a while back.
I highly recommend you guys join it, as it's a nice way to chat casually about type, while still keeping good quality posts on this forum.