Hi, all. I wanted to share the news that some of you have heard -- I've joined Type Network as CEO starting this week.
I'll have more to share on the direction of Type Network in 2024. For now, here's what is not changing:
TN is focused on the "high end" of the type industry -- helping the world's most talented type designers find opportunities to grow their business with sophisticated buyers who appreciate fine type.
Today we're most likely to find those customers among corporate or "enterprise" buyers. We're also building on the legacy of Webtype and Font Bureau, both of which had a large customer base of discerning individual purchasers. At the end of 2023 we've launched new enterprise licensing programs that are winning new customers for our partners. Our new consulting offering is delivering custom font projects from major corporate clients to trusted partners in our foundry network.
Now more than ever, the type industry needs partners who are closely aligned with the interests of type designers. TN has always fit that description, and I'll be looking for ways to help it do even better. We'll continue to pay the highest royalty rates in the business. We will base our foundry partnerships on personal relationships with type designers. We will not offer type produced by generative AI, nor will we license our partners' type for use to train generative AI.
In my career, I've learned that marketplaces can find short-term success by choosing to focus either on buyers or sellers. This kind of short-term thinking is rewarded when vast private fortunes are deployed in an effort to win market share, undermine competition, and generate outsized investment returns.
In the long run, we believe that the type industry will be defined by companies that fairly and thoughtfully balance the interests of buyers and sellers. Type Network was founded by and remains owned by type designers. The founders, shareholders, foundry partners, and employees all share the same belief: great design starts with great fonts, and great fonts come from the world's most talented type designers.
If you'd like to talk to us, drop me a line: [email protected]
-- I'm always interested in hearing from you. You can also book a 1:1 call with me here:https://calendly.com/tn-matthew
CEO, Type Network