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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.

Ivelina Karpacheva

Type Designer

By definition a super-woman with a spicy sense of humour, Iva comes from advertising, where she tackled the role of Art Director, bringing her education in Graphic Design and Brand Management into action.

Ever since her university years, she’s been nurturing a special bond with the typographical craft and in a moment of soul-searching decided to finally pursue her true passion. Four years of numerous courses and workshops later, Iva reached a point of self-satisfaction with her new skills, to which Martin Majoor and Sol Matas contributed greatly. It took her a few months to prove herself as an official type designer at Fontfabric, where she irreversibly fell right into place.

When she’s not captivated by letter forms and typographic solutions, Iva spends her time traveling and enjoying leisurely activities with her soon-to-be family of four.

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.

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.

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Drop us a line at contact@fontfabric.com

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