The legendary and ever proudly independent Dutch Type Library (dtl), is renowned for the iconic typefaces that it produces and publishes since 1990. The company was founded by the renowned type designer, software developer, Research Fellow, and Senior Lecturer Dr. Frank E. Blokland. The collection of exquisite typefaces contains work of world-famous type designers: Chris Brand, Matthew Carter, Gerard Daniëls, Christoffel van Dijck, Nikola Djurek, Andrea Fuchs, François Guyot, Hanna Hakala, Michael Harvey, Erhard Kaiser, Hendrik van den Keere, Jan van Krimpen, Jacques-François Rosart, Lukas Schneider, Elmo van Slingerland, Fred Smeijers, Gerard Unger, and Blokland himself.

ExquisiteFonts website

Together with their longtime friends and colleagues at the Hamburg (Germany) based company urw Type Foundry –font-technology pioneers since the early 1970s(!)– dtl’s team of experts jointly developed tools for the professional font production for more than 20 years. The history of these tools goes all the way back to the ikarus system from more than 40 years ago. The dutch Type Library keeps this history alive by further developing the fonts tools in question.

FoundryMaster: screenshot

Since the second half of the 1990s the goal of dtl and urw has always been to make the increasingly complex professional font production as simple to handle as possible, without compromising the quality aspect in any manner. Initially these font tools were developed exclusively for intensive internal use at dtl and urw, as, for example the video below shows.

However, in the course of time the advanced applications for professional font production were also made available to third parties. All of dtl’s new font tools are developed for macOS, Windows, and Linux.


Typography Summer School
(University of Antwerp)

From 2 to 6 September 2019, the Plantin Institute of Typography and the University of Antwerp organize an international summer school on ‘critical approaches to typography’. The detailed program and application form are available here. The application deadline is 2 June 2019 and a maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. The registration fee of …

otm 8 under development

Autumn this year otm 8 will be released. This edition contains additional functionality, for example, enhanced support for ttc/otc fonts, the option to edit the stem-snap arrays and stdhw values in the cff Header, and also trackpad gestures. For the ttc/otc support the TrueType Collection Editor has been added. If one opens this tool, one …

New: dtl OTMaster 7.9

The previous retail version (6.3) of dtl OTMaster was released back in the spring of 2016. A lot of functionality has been added since, especially developed for the internal font production at urw Type Foundry and the Dutch Type Library. The current otm version is already 7.9 and an overview of the extensive new functionality …


Information on the good ol’ dtl FontMaster (fm) batch applications and related downloads can be found on these vintage webpages , which were published from 2001 on. These pages are not maintained anymore and hence their content is presented ‘as is’. However, fm is available for Windows still, if only because the IkarusMaster module is the last available application that supports manual digitizing in the ikarus format, utilizing a Wacom tablet with a lens cursor.

DTL FontMaster legacy website


Dutch Type Library

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The Netherlands

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The Netherlands

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phone +31 (0)73 614 95 36
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