In 1988, Joan and her (then) husband, Erik Spiekermann, brewed up a bold new idea: the first mail-order distributor for digital fonts, FontShop. In 1990, together with partner Neville Brody, they formed the FontFont® label, today’s largest independent library. Besides heading FontShop International and FontShop San Francisco, Joan enjoys her grandson and oil painting.
Erik is a world-renowned information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces), and author of books and articles on design and typography. Since launching FontShop with Joan and Neville, Erik has acted as statesmen for the company, traveling often and speaking to students and professionals around the world about design.
Since the founding of FontShop, Petra has been at the helm, forging relationships with partners and keeping the business in line. While she continues her intimate involvement in the type community, she supports "her" basketball team and grooves to the warm beats of R&B, hip hop, and soul.
After leading a transitory lifestyle split between Amsterdam, Boston, Los Angeles and Elko, we are pleased that this aspiring yogi now calls San Francisco his home. In charge of bringing balance to FontShop’s technical and business strategies, Jason has Zen-like aspirations for FontShop. When he’s not busy bringing home the bacon to FSI, he likes to his spend time tackling his Netflix queue and rocking out to ’80s punk.
As our First Officer, Michael works with everyone, everyday. He uses his mediation and diplomatic abilities to keep things running smoothly and is the point of contact for just about everything.
Meghan returned to the West Coast after spending a decade in the Midwest’s quirkiest city, Milwaukee, bringing with her a varied background across the entire spectrum of marketing and communications. She uses her collective experiences to create and implement effective and creative communication strategies here at FontShop. Outside the office, Meghan lives a life of many passions from urban adventuring by foot or bike, film geekery, music snobbiness, and slow foodie-ing.
Theresa Dela Cruz
Sales and Support
Theresa's myriad of projects constantly test her organization skills, but her planning technique is unstoppable. A love for sweet beats, good eats, vector graphics, handmade objects, polaroids, black and white, color, and helping you with your typographic needs keeps her going.
Mayene de Leon
Sales and Support
Fueled by doughnuts and croquettes, Mayene will happily answer your font-related inquiries as long as her hamster Donut hasn't gone on a biting spree (if he has, she will still gladly answer your questions with Hello Kitty-bandaged fingertips). Mayene loves whipping up tasty treats like oreo truffles, creating goodies for her Etsy shop, and teaching violin. From Settlers of Catan to Soul Calibur, she will take on gaming challenges whether with a pair of dice or a PS3 controller.
Born and raised near the lakes and mountains of rural New Hampshire, Anna's love of nature rivals her excitement for typography and design. When she's not designing for the world of FontShop, you might spot her perusing a farmer's market, tinkering on her synthesizer, seeking out big trees, or exploring the city on her trusty bicycle.
Engineer, The CPU
If you happened to lift the giant yellow and black curtain of FontShop.com, the man behind it would be one Mr. Chapin — master of computer languages, databases, and deadpan quips. Whenever Jason is presented with what seems to us mortals like an insurmountable programming task, he glances at the ceiling for 3-5 seconds and then responds with a non-chalant but confident “yeah, I can do that.”
This developer’s unique name isn't the only thing that grabbed FontShop's attention. Originally from southern Arkansas, Star has been in the business of computers and web databases for over a decade. His interests and background span from developing web applications to digital media processing for indie music labels. Whenever Star decides to take a few steps away from his computer, you can find him biking, settling down with a hefty burrito, tinkering with whatever he can get his hands on, camping, or taking long walks on the beach. Just don't put a plate of uni in front of him.
Font Technician & Database Engineer, Office Patriarch
FontShop was born in Berlin, so it’s fitting that the stateside office has its own German on board. Volker is an FSI veteran, an expert in all things fontish and anthropological. Under his able Alamanni fist, engineering bugs are squashed and tables are pounded in defense of oddball theories like the aquatic ape hypothesis. In our most trying times, we can hear the faint tone of Bavarian reggae emanate from his desk in the back room and know that all is irie in fontland.
Ever heard the stereotype that number crunchers are dreary, inhuman drones? Well you can forget that notion right now. You will never find a brighter smile or more cheerful countenance than Flora’s. Our bean counter receives your purchase orders and pays your invoices with equally good nature. When she’s not keeping our records, she’s breaking her own records on the DDR mat.
Our very own thrillah from Manila, Rommel recently brought his Excel skills and chess chops to the ’Shop. His best pals are Ben and Jerry – a friendship that would go straight to his waist were he not shaking off the ice cream to the tunes of Duran Duran and Depeche Mode and shooting a little roundball. Rommel aspires to “take Argretch Tamirgie to places and pages most cherished.” We don’t know what that means, but we’re sure the persistent fellow will make it happen.
The perfect office dog. Fetches mail, cooks lunch, never gets in the way.