PHL OpenType

Local designers using their talents to give back to the city through typefaces inspired by every square inch of Philadelphia.


PHL OpenType is a growing collective of Philadelphia based designers seizing an opportunity to design for good while showing their love for the city they live in. Designers have volunteered to design a typeface inspired by various neighborhoods.
Designers reasons for choosing those areas has varied from where they live currently, to what area they are from, to areas they want to explore further. The typefaces themselves look to celebrate all facets of life in the specific areas and provide viable typefaces for others to use on their own projects. These typefaces will then become available on a “Pay What You Can” price model with proceeds going directly to the neighborhoods they are designed after. The goal is to get a typeface for every neighborhood and have everyone represented in this project. This project is constantly moving and we are still in the planning stages but if your are interested in helping in any way possible, say hello!

New Releases


  • Callowhill
    Callowhill the typeface is inspired by The rich railroad history of the area and how it was a huge locomotive manufacturing hub back in the day. When asked about the process, Designer Mike Balcerzak said "Making a font is incredibly hard, and I now have a much greater appreciation for anyone whoever puts out a free or donationware font. I feel like I went from zero knowledge about font authoring to being fully equipped to make my own fonts I really enjoyed the process and painstaking nature of it and definitely look forward to doing it in the future. It was an awesome opportunity to get to do it with this group and I hope to collaborate more in the future!"

    All proceeds will be going to Project HOME -
  • Old City
    Designer Kosal Sen has made 3 weights Bourse Regular, Bourse Bold, and Bourse Chiseled. Inspired by the Philadelphia Bourse Building.

    All proceeds will be going to PAWS -
  • Point Breeze
    Designer Phil Buckley moved to Point Breeze last year and really came to appreciate what it means to be apart of a neighborhood. His typeface, Point Breeze Block Party, is inspired by the warmth and welcoming nature of his neighbors and the overall vibe of what it means to be apart of Point Breeze.

    All proceeds will be going to the KIND Institute -
  • Queen Village
    Designer Danny Kane has created the absolutely beautiful Vasa. Modern and functional, but with details inspired by the Swedish carpentry that made up Philadelphia's first neighborhood, Vasa is a geometric sans-serif face giving homage to the Swedish roots of Queen Village. It’s named for the royal house of Queen Christina, founder of the New Sweden colony in 1638

    All proceeds will be going to Fleisher Art Memorial -

In Progress

  • Center City
  • Fairhill
  • Fishtown
  • Mount Airy
  • Manayunk
  • Newbold
  • Pennsport
  • Fairhill
  • Temple

Want to Help?

Are you a Designer in the Philly area? Want to see your neighborhood on the list, or help out another designer with research or collaborate on the design? Drop me an email and together we can create typefaces that show all facets of the city.

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