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About

We are a tight-knit group of accomplished, multidisciplinary designers who share a passion for high-quality typefaces, calligraphy and lettering.

Our clients include high-profile global brands such as Nike, Lipton, Hyundai, CNET, Nestlé, Transavia and the US national football team, to name but a few. In addition to these commercial successes, Fontfabric regularly leads workshops and lectures, releases free fonts, and collaborates with locals and internationals alike to cultivate a growing and vibrant type scene.

Founded in 2008 by Svet Simov in Sofia, Bulgaria, Fontfabric has the extraordinary advantage of being able to draw from more than 1,000 years of Glagolitic and Cyrillic heritage. Bulgaria was the birthplace of the Cyrillic alphabet, which after its creation in the mid-tenth century spread rapidly across the region, and today ranks as the sixth most widely adopted script in the world, with over 250 million users.

Throughout a decade of its existence, Fontfabric has remained a faithful and constant advocate for the development and integration of Cyrillic typefaces. From day one we have pressed for continuous improvement, while never losing sight of our common roots and shared past. This work ethic has seen us climb to the top of the bestselling font charts, transforming Fontfabric into one of the most distinguished type foundries in the world.

Principles and Culture

Talent doesn’t just spring up from nowhere. It demands attention, nurture, and discipline.

This is why we truly believe in supporting our employees and helping them develop new skills, while honing and broadening the ones they already have. We regularly hold internal workshops or cover their expenses for seminars or conferences elsewhere. Naturally, this initiative extends beyond our core team, as we seek to establish a wider community of dedication, passion and flair by offering internships, curating events, and more.

Teamwork makes the dream work

You reap what you sow, so our philosophy is all about the craft

Svetoslav Simov

Founder and Director

Driven by a lifelong interest in geometry and letterforms, Svet founded Fontfabric in an attempt to merge the two worlds through the prism of typography. A self-confessed perfectionist who excels at geometric sans design, this proud father of two never shies away from a challenge, and is consistently pushing the boundaries of creativity in search of visual superiority. Whether it’s a minuscule finishing touch or a wide-ranging concept, you can always count on the same relentless passion and impeccable attention to detail that has brought Fontfabric to the forefront of contemporary and Cyrillic type design.

Plamen Motev

Тype Director

Plamen’s academic background in mathematics and engineering design blended perfectly with his personal interest in graffiti and calligraphy, propelling him into the world of typography, where equilibrium between the two was to be found. He manages our team of skillful type designers and is involved in a number of workshops and lecture series as well, all while hard at work on attaining the biggest colorful sock collection in the industry.

A rare example of a gourmand who loves to cook, Plamen is also fond of black and white colors, so it’s not surprising that his favorite combination is chess and guacamole. He dares you to guess that font in the restaurant menu first.

Anton Nikolov

Head of Marketing & Sales

Anton is Fontfabric’s easy-going master of communication, making sure that our operations run smoothly for the internal team and all our clients alike. Over the past decade, he has focused on analyzing customer behaviour across business fields and in a variety of situations, and you can count on him to form strong and robust partnerships. He has had a keen interest in graffiti culture from an early age and continues to find inspiration in the manifestation of emotions through letters.

When not masterfully juggling a basket of tasks, Tony spends as much time possible with his daughter Alice, and in the summer you can be sure to find him at the seaside. Besides family and friends, his biggest passion is music, which he believes can be a tool for education and life improvement. Or in the words of the eternal Bob Marley, “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”.

Ivelina Karpacheva

Type Designer

Mirela Belova

Type Designer

Mirela has always held a deep admiration for well-designed, functional objects with simple aesthetics, and eventually she began seeking them out in everyday life. After a brief fling with UX/UI, she decided to switch to vector graphics, and the rest, as they say, is history.

She’s a firm believer in the power of well designed text as a vital part of any design project, and approaches it with considerable patience and her typical, unyielding passion. At the end of the day, Mirela confesses, the most satisfying part of the process is definitely seeing your work in use, on a physical service – “after all those hours you’ve put in, and all the tiny adjustments, there’s no better feeling in the world!”

Outside of work, you can find her enjoying a good book, the latest open-world RPG game, or anything with a good story!

Nikolay Petroussenko

Type Designer

Our resident jack of all trades, Nikolay has been involved with everything from fine arts, music and creative writing to environmental rights, graphic design and photography. A graduate of the National Academy of Art in Sofia with a BA and MA in Graphic & Type Design, he later specialized in Arabic and Middle Eastern scripts, and currently teaches part-time at his former university.

The increasing demand for non-Latin digital type as well as his personal interest in design and languages is what brought Nikolay to the field of typography, where he has continued expanding his skillset. A talented calligraphist and visual artist, he won the Grand Prize at the 2nd International Drawing Student Biennial in Sofia, while competing against representatives from seven European art academies.

Stan Partalev

Type Designer

Stan has pursued a creative career since childhood, attending the 51st Fine Arts High School in Sofia, and later earning a BA and MA in Poster Design from the National Academy of Art. Fascinated by graffiti culture at an early age, he went on to incorporate font use into his work while attending university, under the constant encouragement of his professors.

Whether it’s Glyphs or Adobe Illustrator, Stan revels in the early stages of vector design and experimenting with black and white balance across logos, fonts, pictograms or posters. A passionate traveller and occasional painter, he is always up for a good movie, preferably with a dash of dark humour involved.

Ventsislav Dzhokov

Type Designer

Ventsislav joined the type community in search of a dynamic, developing sector that would fit his personality, and he hasn’t looked back since. Inspired by the interaction of letters and forms within a word or a sentence, he tends to focus on diversity and a strong underlying concept when working on a project.

Typography and music are what makes Ventsi tick – both creative outlets that can be combined and harmonized, and ultimately used to influence each other. Between playing and touring with his band, you can often find him with a psychology or biography book in hand. Oh, and he makes a mean banitsa as well.

Grigor Vasilev

Performance Marketing Specialist

Grigor is an analytics lover and a conversion optimization fighter who has managed social media and marketing campaigns across a variety of industries, and loves to take on a new challenge. The option to explore the typography market was one such example, and so he didn’t have to think long before joining the Fontfabric team. Currently pushing to become a digital marketing expert, Grigor’s preferred weapon of choice is the Google Analytics suite.

Though he shares a name with Bulgaria’s tennis superstar, on the weekends you are most likely to find him holding his breath for Liverpool F.C. When he’s not dreaming of his next trip to Anfield, Grigor enjoys travelling, rock music, and a good history book.

Konstantin Kirilov

Copywriter

Let’s make your project unique!

Drop us a line at contact@fontfabric.com

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