“I think that what makes Cultivated Mind unique is it offers a lot of different styles of handmade typefaces,” says the foundry’s owner and primary designer, Cindy Kinash. “Cultivated Mind doesn’t have one distinct style, as it is constantly evolving and trying to release fonts that you haven’t seen before.”
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Cindy started Cultivated Mind in January 2012, after having spent most of her career up until then working as an apparel graphic designer. Her foundry’s first font, Hello I Like You, was released that same month. In just the few years since then, Cindy’s young foundry has produced an astounding 16 typefaces; several of which have topped the Best Sellers list. Luckily, she hasn’t had to do all of that work alone. Finding inspiration in working with other type designers, she collaborated with Charles Gibbons on both Ciao Bella and True North: two of her most successful designs to date. True North has been a bestseller at MyFonts and topped our Hot New Fonts list upon its release in the summer of 2014.
Another of Cindy’s most popular fonts is Pacific Northwest: a typeface that, like everything released by the foundry, was created by hand. What makes this font so unique though, is the fact that it was created with the careful strokes of a paintbrush.
Cindy says that fans of her foundry have a lot to look forward to in the future, including more collaborations with other talented type designers and lettering artists. “Cultivated Mind will produce a new variety of fonts you haven’t seen before,” she says. “We will offer fonts with more alternate letters so that customers can create their own unique hand lettered look.”