International Typeface Corporation frequently receives requests for information on how to submit a typeface design. ITC is one of the few companies that actively seeks out and successfully markets new designs. In fact, it has been the core of our business for more than 30 years. ITC was founded in 1970 with the stated objective to develop and market typeface designs with an unwavering emphasis on excellence. Despite many significant changes in the industry, ITC has always remained true to its original goals.
How should I prepare my submission?
Generally speaking, in a way that best showcases the personality of the design. Show the complete character complement along with a test word (such as HAMBURGEFONTS) at various sizes. If it is a text design, show several text blocks at various sizes appropriate for your design. If it is a display design, show a sentence or two, such as "The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog" at various display sizes, both caps and lowercase if appropriate. If you work digitally, sending the digital data is also very helpful, but not mandatory.
If possible, submit any other creative uses of the typeface that will best show off the unique qualities of the design. A creative, interesting presentation will help us visualize how you view your typeface in use, whether it be versatile or highly specialized.
What formats are acceptable as submissions?
Preferred formats are master font files (Fontographer, etc.), fonts, PDF or EPS files.
What if I've only drawn enough letters for a hand-lettering job?
Submit whatever you've got, even if it is a word or two. If your type design has potential, we'll work with you to develop it further.
What format do you accept once my design has been approved?
We accept digital formats from programs such as Macromedia Fontographer, Letraset FontStudio or Ikarus M. Include side bearings and kerning. Data from a vector illustration program such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand or Corel Draw will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What final character complement does ITC require?
Below is a chart showing the required complete character set.
IMPORTANT: If you have designed an uppercase-only typeface, ITC may require certain additional characters, such as small capitals, ornaments or alternate letterforms which can be placed in the lowercase positions. If appropriate, these characters will be determined by you and ITC.
When can I expect a reply after submitting a design?
ITC reviews typeface submissions on a continuous basis. Our goal is to get back to you with a decision within four weeks.
Submissions can either be emailed to Allan Haley or mailed to the following address:
Mr. Allan Haley
International Typeface Corporation
500 Unicorn Park Drive
Woburn, MA 01801