The Northern Block are looking for great creatives, makers and problem solvers.

Freelance Font Developer (Global)


The Northern Block is expanding its enterprise and is seeking to collaborate with talented freelancers with skills in font development. We currently have a wide variety of exciting font dev projects to work on so if this sounds right for you, please give us a shout. We’re not filling a full-time position, but instead trying to connect with highly skilled craft people to work on projects that are a perfect fit.

Who we’re after:

  • Craftsperson, Collaborative, Entrepreneurial 
  • Self Motivated, Flexible, Friendly, Honest (Ego Free)
  • Strong leader, takes ownership and aims for the highest level of work
  • Passionate and looks for improvement as part of a team


  • 3+ Years experience in typeface design, font development and application.
  • BA or MA in Type Design preferably with Computer Programming and/or Software Engineering skills.
  • Competent in the latest Mac based font development software tools including Glyphs, FontLab, RoboFont etc.
  • A working understanding of the OpenType specification and the various formats used in font development and deployment (OTF, TTF, UFO, WOFF, WOFF2 etc.)
  • Experience of working with a type foundry or client to deadlines would be a distinct advantage
  • Experience of working with at least one or more non-Latin Scripts. 
  • Excellent proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
  • Basic understanding of cloud-based working using tools such as Dropbox and Trello

What’s in it for you:

  • Support from TNB’s highly skilled team
  • Flexible working from your studio or space of choice anywhere in the world
  • Freedom to shape and influence projects
  • Gain exposure from noteworthy, credited and award-winning work
  • Influence the technical direction of the business
  • Invited to TNB social events


If you have the availability in your schedule, please send an email to with a brief introductory letter, current CV, three of your best font development projects in PDF format and your current hourly rate of pay.


January 23, 2020

Font Developer (UK)

Full Time

The Northern Block is seeking an additional Font Developer to join our award-winning team in Newcastle upon Tyne, working both in-house and remotely. The successful applicant will work on an exciting range of projects that will help to improve our font collection and further establish our client base. The font developer should demonstrate a track record of producing high-quality work across a variety of typeface design projects. 
Candidates should have a minimum of two years experience in type design, computer programming and hinting and be open to learning a broader level of skills in the font industry.


  • Visual check and assessment of designs for consistency and accuracy
  • Running automated technical check reports
  • Amending font designs as required
  • Output of final font formats
  • Perform final checks


  • 2+ Years experience in font development, programming and hinting
  • BA or MA in Type Design, Computer Programming and/or Software Engineering
  • Comfortable with Mac OS/X Glyphs (and possibly FontLab)
  • Experience of AFDKO (and possibly VOLT and VTT)
  • Experience of the OT font specification and font table structures
  • Experience of the structure of font formats (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2)
  • Experience of Python in Glyphs and/or FontLab
  • Experience of Google font tools (Fonttools, Fontmake, Fontbakery)
  • Understanding of how font development works within a foundry
  • Can demonstrate you are a team player
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK. Travelling to our office on a regular basis would be advantageous


Additional Criteria
  • Experience of working with Non-Latin scripts
  • Experience of working on Custom and Corporate Jobs
  • Excellent proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
  • Ability to critique the work of others; and be open to critical feedback
  • Ability to work as part of the foundry team, and also remotely unassisted
  • Understanding of cloud-based working using tools such as Dropbox and Trello


Additional Information
The Northern Block values diversity in the workplace and actively seeks applications from as wide a range of candidates as possible In-line with UK employment law. The Northern Block are currently only considering applications from those who have the right to work in the UK.


Please send an email to with a brief introductory letter why you would be a suitable candidate for the font developer role at The Northern Block. Please include your current CV, along with 2 professional references, 3 of your best font development projects in PDF format and your current salary expectations. Previous applicants need not apply. 


October 10, 2019