Rosetta

Rosetta is a typeface design studio and font distributor that addresses the needs of global typography. Together with our collaborators, we create original fonts for a polyphonic world. Our research-based practice has been recognized and received awards from within the industry. But most importantly it has enabled people to read better in their native language.

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Retail font catalogue

We design and develop fonts to equip customers around the globe. We focus on reliable and innovative designs for an extensive palette of world languages, including many minority languages.

  • 33 type families
  • 342 fonts
  • 546+ languages supported
  • 35 professional awards & honours

Custom services and consultancy

In addition to the retail type market, we supply tailored font services for small and large companies and provide consultancy for other design studios and font publishers.

Research and knowledge sharing

Alongside our design practice, we are committed to research. Several of us hold doctoral degrees and actively conduct independent academic research to better understand the perception of letters, reading, and the world’s languages. We are also committed to sharing our insights and experience with others. We regularly give lectures and lead workshops, and we have organized three professional conferences. We also openly share our work through publications and online tools.

Who is Rosetta

Headquarters

David Březina is the managing director at Rosetta. While you may know him as the designer of the award-winning type family Skolar, he has also worked on custom typefaces for Adobe, Linotype (Monotype), Microsoft, Google, and others. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin. David holds a Master’s degree in computer science from Masaryk University in Brno (Czechia) and an MA in Typeface Design and PhD from the University of Reading (UK). His cross-disciplinary PhD thesis studied visual similarity and coherence of characters in typefaces for continuous reading in Latin, Cyrillic, and Devanagari scripts. He has also been actively involved in writing, presenting, and conducting workshops on type and typography around the world.


Anna Giedryś is a type and graphic designer based in Brno, Czechia. She holds a Master of Arts in graphic design and visual communication from the Sign and Typography Studio at the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, but she first fell in love with calligraphy and lettering while on exchange at Vilnius Fine Arts Academy. She’s been drawing type ever since, and now channels this passion into working on custom and retail fonts at Rosetta. Here, Anna is also responsible for the marketing and presentation of our fonts and and played a key role in the development of the company since its early days. In 2011–2013, she was a co-organizer of the international TypeTalks conferences and TypeShorts meetings.


Johannes Neumeier is a type designer, font engineer and developer based in Finland. He holds an MA in Design from Aalto University specialising in type design. With a broad background in design and development, he rejoices in the combination of visual design and coding that is unique to creating fonts. At Rosetta, he focuses on font engineering and production tools as well as developing the foundry’s web projects. He has released typefaces under his own Underscore label.


Dominic Stanley is a typeface designer, accountant and business teacher from Dublin, Ireland. After studying business in Waterford Institute of Technology, he worked as an accountant in Dublin for seven years. He then changed to a more creative path by completing a BA in graphic design from Dublin Institute of Design. During this time he became interested in typography and then type design. He attended the type design intensive (TDi) course at the University of Reading and followed this with an MA in type design from the same institution. As well as working as a freelance type designer and teacher, he is the studio manager at Rosetta.


Collaborators

We have been fortunate to work with exceptional designers worldwide. Our collaborators come from diverse backgrounds all over the planet.

We published typefaces by

Frequent collaborators

  • Florian Runge – typeface designer
  • Octavio Pardo – typeface designer
  • Tania Chacana – typeface designer
  • Titus Nemeth – typeface designer, Arabic-script consultant

Consultants

  • Alexandra Korolkova – Cyrillic-script consultant
  • Fiona Ross – Indian-script consultant
  • Gerry Leonidas – Greek-script consultant
  • Irene Vlachou – Greek-script consultant
  • Maria Doreuli – Cyrillic-script consultant
  • Maxim Zhukov – Cyrillic-script consultant
  • Meir Sadan – Hebrew-script consultant
  • Viktoriya Gadomska-Grabowska – Cyrillic-script consultant

Occasional and past collaborators

  • Abdul Rahman Sibahi – copywriter
  • Andrea Churchill Wong – copywriter
  • Ben Mitchell – typeface designer
  • Filip Dědic – studio manager
  • Jitka Janečková – typeface designer
  • Kamil Kurzajewski – graphic designer
  • Mathieu Réguer – font engineer
  • Nathan Willis – copywriter
  • Pathum Egodawatta – font engineer
  • Pavel Maček – UX designer/consultant
  • Rafael Saraiva – typeface designer
  • Ross Mills – typeface designer
  • Sasikarn Vongin – typeface designer
  • Sláva Jevčinová – typeface designer
  • Sérgio Martins – language research
  • Vaibhav Singh – typeface designer
  • William Montrose – typeface designer

Timeline

Jul 2022 Interviews An interview for TypeParis View
Jul 2022 Lectures “Questioning the obvious: different ways of seeing” at ICTVC 8, Thessaloniki, Greece View
Jul 2022 Lectures “Hyperglot – a database and tools for discovering language support in fonts” at ICTVC 8, Thessaloniki, Greece View
Jun 2022 Lectures Guest visit and public lecture at Type Paris, France View
Jun 2022 Lectures Guest lecture at ANRT, Nancy, France View
2022 Academic The sequel to exploring disfluency: Do we remember the visual appearance of words? View
2022 Academic Elements of multi-script typography: paragraphs and pixels View
2022 Academic Elements of multi-script typography: codes, keys, and word shapes View
May 2021 Interviews “How important is harmony when designing multiscript type systems?” in Type 01 magazine View
May 2021 Our projects Design Regression View
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Our values

Innovation, not stylistic variations

In our work, we hope to create more than stylish fonts following the latest trends. We aim for lasting design qualities, and we strive to add value to our font solutions. The high quality of our fonts released so far has been recognised by numerous design awards.

Sustainability

We are a small studio, but we still strive to make our contribution towards a livable planet. We give 2% of the income from our web shop to the Stripe Climate fund addressing carbon removal technologies. Also, our offices run on energy from renewable sources and in our travel arrangements we limit flying to a minimum.

Rigorous knowledge of multilingual typography

High-quality design is not just good-looking, it is also readable, reliable, and culturally sensitive. That is why we actively promote and contribute to research and education in the area of multilingual and multi-script typography and reading. We also frequently work with established consultants specializing in particular world scripts. Fonts that support two or more scripts are our speciality. They not only work well individually for each of the scripts, but are designed to work well together, making the life of any graphic designer dealing with multiple scripts much easier.

Continuous improvement

In order to develop the best font software, we keep up with the latest technological innovations. We also develop in-house tools to streamline production and increase the efficiency and reliability of our fonts. And, in the unfortunate case that our fonts fail the customer, we will do our best to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Innovation, not stylistic variations

In our work, we hope to create more than stylish fonts following the latest trends. We aim for lasting design qualities, and we strive to add value to our font solutions. The high quality of our fonts released so far has been recognised by numerous design awards.

Sustainability

We are a small studio, but we still strive to make our contribution towards a livable planet. We give 2% of the income from our web shop to the Stripe Climate fund addressing carbon removal technologies. Also, our offices run on energy from renewable sources and in our travel arrangements we limit flying to a minimum.

Rigorous knowledge of multilingual typography

High-quality design is not just good-looking, it is also readable, reliable, and culturally sensitive. That is why we actively promote and contribute to research and education in the area of multilingual and multi-script typography and reading. We also frequently work with established consultants specializing in particular world scripts. Fonts that support two or more scripts are our speciality. They not only work well individually for each of the scripts, but are designed to work well together, making the life of any graphic designer dealing with multiple scripts much easier.

Continuous improvement

In order to develop the best font software, we keep up with the latest technological innovations. We also develop in-house tools to streamline production and increase the efficiency and reliability of our fonts. And, in the unfortunate case that our fonts fail the customer, we will do our best to fix the issue as soon as possible.