“We are primarily a small group of designers who also make type,” Michael Cina says. “It’s a unique blend of skills. We are one of the few foundries owned and run by designers exclusively.” Based in Minneapolis, MN, Associated Typographics was founded in 2010 by Michael with assistance by his long-time associate Matthew Desmond.
The two had already been working together for 13 years when Michael sold his third foundry, You Work For Them in 2010. They formed the foundry as an offshoot of Cina Associates, Michael’s multi-disciplinary design studio, and made their MyFonts debut two years later with Ramsey, a display font with strong structure and warm personality. They have since expanded their library with the likes of bestselling Stadt, a typeface that combines typographic aesthetics from the 1950’s with a contemporary twist.
The duo have worked with Fortune 500 companies like Disney, Apple, American Express, ESPN, Pepsi (and Coke, too), Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. Their foundry is dedicated to applying and synthesizing branding, illustration, motion, web, music, photography, art and type to produce an integrated approach to every design.