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About FontShop

Founded in 1989 by Joan and Erik Spiekermann, FontShop was the first independent digital type retailer. From the very beginning our aim was to make the best in type available to designers on an international scale. At the time we did this by printing giant yellow type directories and taking orders over the phone. Fast-forward to today and our operation has grown to include an extensive online collection of typefaces, designers and foundries, a regular e-newsletter, and blogs.

The Berlin Wall fell, FontShop arises

It was 25 years ago, on November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. At the time the FontShop office was in the midst of the action located on the ground floor of the Weinhaus Huth, directly at the Potsdamer Platz.

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