We are the founders of The League. As designers on the web, we have a calling to raise the standards of the web-design world. We’re not the only ones who value good design, and it’s time for the web world to catch up with it. We understand the challenges that comes with the internet, but with our discovery a few years ago of @font-face, we started getting excited. For those who aren’t up to speed, @font-face is a fairly new addition to web styling, letting a designer specify the location of their own font files. Instead of having to design with just a handful of web-friendly fonts, we’ll be able to use any typeface we desire. Well, that’s our vision, anyway.
There are people who design typefaces for a living, and we want them to make money off of something that they do well. This revolution is not a movement against type foundries and type designers; it’s quite the opposite. The kind of revolution we want is a change in the way people think about doing business. We want type foundries and typographers to start thinking,
“Maybe there’s nothing wrong with giving things away sometimes.”
It’s not always about the money, sometimes it’s also about making a contribution to society, and in this case, the design community. We want more people to look at it like that: like they have a responsibility to do something good for their peers. We’re not asking type designers and type foundries to sacrifice profit, we’re asking them to consider the benefits of contributing to a greater cause, to create a community where we not only have a high design standard for print and web alike, but also a community where we’re able to share our creations, knowledge, and expertise with our peers and the world.
As a user, everyone is welcome to browse, download, and use our collection of hand-picked typefaces. In the spirit of sharing, all fonts made available by The League are subject to SIL’s Open Font License. It means that you’re allowed to use these fonts personally or commercially, as long as you credit the original creator, and if you made tweaks and changes to the typefaces, any new typefaces resulting from it should be licensed under the same terms. That way all our fonts and any new fonts resulting from them will always be open.
As a contributor to our collection of high-quality typefaces, anyone who has a well designed typeface to share with the world is welcome to request membership. However, as founders of The League, we will use our best design judgement whether or not to add a typeface to our collection. Not because we don’t appreciate anyone who has something to share, but because we want to maintain the highest of standards.
The League members are a group of very special people. It includes, us, the founders, as well as the all important Contributors, and those interested in participating and supporting the movement. These are the people who made it all possible, the reason why we have beautifully crafted, hand-made typefaces for everyone to enjoy, the people who help us fuel this revolution, and those who keep the open-source type movement alive. So, thank you all.