Are you a type designer with a work in progress that you’d like to complete for the open source community? Great, welcome, we’ve got some things to go over first. Did you read the FAQ? It’s important to have an understanding of what this platform is and isn’t before you go any further. And the FAQ doesn’t cover nitty gritty stuff for contributors, which is why this page exists. Participation is open to anyone but with some caveats. Let’s lay out the ground rules:
1) How do you list a font here if it isn’t finished? It is a bit of a paradox, but not too daunting. You will need to spend enough time to design what some of the font will look like in an almost completed state. Ideally, the typeface you’re working on is half done. We don’t need to see your source files up front, just how well your work in progress renders once we test them out. You have to design mockups anyway, so chances are you’re working with installable working files, which is good since that’s what supporters will get when they contribute to your project. One of our goals here is to get you paid for work that you’ve already done and work that you’d like to do. That said, your type samples needs to be compelling enough to convince people it is worth funding.
2) We need to see typefaces that you’ve made before. Eventually we might open this place up to first-time font makers, but to get rolling we require experienced type designers. This isn’t a platform where you can get paid to learn how to do what has to be done.
3) Your contribution can’t be a forked version of someone else’s open source font. You need to be the original creator, and it needs to be a new typeface that isn’t available anywhere else.
4) Upon meeting the funding goal and typeface completion you must also deliver the source files (a designspace and UFOs or Glyphs file(s) or Fontlab, etc.). Because of this you can expect to see it available for download in other places, as is the nature of tilizing the Open Font License. This isn’t a bad thing, just a heads up.
6) This is a curated platform. Not all submissions will be accepted, even if you’re a designer that already has a font posted here. We won’t leave you hanging and if your work is not accepted on the first submission, we will explain why and hope to hear from you again in the future.
Those are the big disclaimers. We have more information about specific preview image and test file requirements and and the overall process, but let’s start by gathering your basic details.