Some of my favorite places to find good fonts are listed below. I have listed a few popular and storied foundries with a wide selection first, then listed more specific independent foundries second.
- FontFont, FontShop, MyFonts, Font Bureau, and Commercial Type
These larger foundries offer fonts ranging from the classics to new work from many famous contemporaries in the field of type design today.
- Darden, Okay Type, House Industries, and Sudtipos
Darden, Okay, House, and Sudtipos are great places to find display and specialty typefaces that are very extensive and well crafted. Don’t miss the cursive scripts from each of them. The ligatures and extended features are very exciting.
Their Mrs. Eaves font has held up through fad and fashion very well.
- Storm Type
This Czech foundry is a little under the radar, but their recuts of Baskerville and Walbaum are exquisite. They've done a fantastic job modernizing classic types like those and others. They also have a few in-house fonts they've designed based on Czech morphologies that I'm dying to use on a future project.
- The Foundry
Foundry’s serif fonts are some of the best, and would be very well suited in editorial or print work.
After the messy split with Hoefler, Tobias launched his own foundry and offers one font currently. You’ll also find some of his pre-Hoefler work on Font Bureau.
Based out of Copenhagen, these guys have fun and quirky type great for branding. I’ve used them on a few projects.
- Grilli Type and Nouvelle Noire
These Swiss foundries have very clean and sophisticated fonts with flair and whimsy built at a very subtle (or not so subtle) level. I haven’t used any of their work yet, but I can see the potential.
- Milieu Groteseque
A bit underrated compared to other small shops, I’ve found their type to be very well suited from practical UI needs to distinct branding uses.
- Hoefler & Co.
The fonts here are expertly crafted and you can almost never go wrong using them. Their attention to detail and the craft of creating type is very evident. They're a powerhouse for good fonts, as they cover every major category well.
The typefaces here are great. They’re boutique but very popular and also do commissioned type work quite frequently.