The definition of “type designer” varies, from professionals who make a majority of their income in typeface design to those who have simply created a single font. This list applies the broadest definition; it includes anyone who identifies as Black and has worked in type design at some point in their career. Additions and corrections are welcome! Simply send a message via Twitter or email.

Black Type Designers

What Sparked This Directory

https://twitter.com/ninastoessinger/status/901146165558878208?s=21

The question asked in 2017.

https://twitter.com/fresh_fonts/status/1268866945903988736?s=20

The question asked in 2020, with many designers listed in replies, forming the basis of this database.

On Black Type Designers & African Writing Systems

Talking Type: In Conversation with Kwesi Amuti and Tré Seals (Part 1) | Revision Path

A Typophile's Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe

Abdoulaye & Ibrahima Barry, Mark Jamara, Neil Patel: Inventing the Adlam Script / Designing Type for a Society in Flux

BIPOC Scholarships for Type Design & Lettering Education

Open for Applications

Letterform Archive offers a BIPOC scholarship in each of its public workshops.

Deadlines Passed (but may be recurring)