Typography, calligraphy and lettering

Get Inspired by These 7 Incredible Female Typographers

Discover these stereotype-defying women and their creations

It's a well-known problem. History often forgets, ignores, or downright omits women's contributions to the field of typography. From their role in developing the first printing presses to the design of modern-day typesets, great women have always stood out in the design world, creating beautiful fonts we commonly use now.

Here are 7 of those women who have shaped this fascinating discipline throughout history.

Zuzana Licko

Czech Republic / United States
Notable fonts: Mrs. Eaves, Philosophy, Lo-Res.

Zuzana cofounded Emigre Graphics in the 80s, famous for publishing a magazine with the same name dedicated to typography. One of the firsts to adopt the Macintosh, her company is dedicated to traditional and experimental fonts. Five of her fonts now belong to the MoMA design collection, and you can use them in your projects if you have an Adobe license. Find them here.

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Zuzana Licko's fonts in emigre.com
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Specimen of Mrs. Eaves by Zuzana Licko.

Carol Twombly

United States
Notable fonts: Trajan, Charlemagne, Myriad.

An expert in computer science and typography, her career as a type designer took off when she joined the Adobe Systems team in 1988. For more than a decade, she designed extremely popular fonts for graphic designers, many of them inspired by Greek inscriptions and typographies from the eighteenth century. If you have an Adobe license, you can use her fonts here.

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Carol Twomby fonts in Adobe Fonts.
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Trajan specimen by Carol Twombly.

Kris Holmes

United States
Notable fonts: Lucida, Isadora, Leviathan.

This calligrapher, animator, and typographer created more than 75 fonts. She founded Bigelow Holmes together with Charles Bigelow, co-creator of her incredibly popular font Lucida, used by Microsoft and various scientific publications. The Wingdings family of icons is also hers.

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Lucida's specimen by Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow.
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Mosaic of Wingdings by Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow.

Veronika Burian

Czech Republic
Notable fonts: Maiola, Bree, Birdy.

Founder of the TypeTogether project with José Scaglione, Veronika trained as an industrial designer before specializing in typography. She also founded the Alphabettes platform, a website dedicated to promoting women in typography, and the Granshan program for non-Latin fonts. Download her fonts with your Adobe license here.

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Birdy by Veronika Burian.
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Maiola by Veronika Burian in Adobe Fonts.

Juliet Ulanovsky

Argentina
Notable fonts: Montserrat, Confectionery.

Juliet co founded the ZkySky studio along with Valeria Dulitzky, a company focusing on branding and editorial design. She has collaborated with the Sudtipos collective. Her most popular font, Montserrat, was inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in her native Buenos Aires, as a personal project hoping to rescue the essence of a rapidly changing area. The font is free to use under a SIL Open Font License, and you can download it for free here.

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Confitería by Juliet Ulanovsky.
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Montserrat by Juliet Ulanovsky.

Laura Worthington

United States
Notable fonts: Charcuterie, Adorn, Ed's Market.

Trained in hand lettering and calligraphy, this typographer is widely known for her ornamental fonts, although she has a large catalog that fits many design needs. A prolific designer, she has created more than 100 typographic families. You can download its popular Milkshake font here for free.

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Adorn by Laura Worthington.
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Milkshake by Laura Worthington.

Marina Chaccur

Brazil
Notable fonts: Chic, UOL, Collection.

Marina is originally from Sao Paulo but is now based in the Netherlands. In addition to working for Type Network, she is a teacher and interior designer. She shares her hand-lettering sketches on her Flickr account, a passion that inspires her strongly ornamented and elegant fonts.

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Chic by Marina Chaccur.
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Cover of Foras da Lei by Marina Chaccur.
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