Approximate Type is an independent type foundry from Copenhagen, Denmark, established in 2021 by Kasper Pyndt Rasmussen. The foundry explores the primal principle of giving shape to letters through typefaces that are respectful of—but not dictated by—historical convention, typefaces that can bend without ever snapping, and typefaces that have grit as well as wit.

A note on the name

The word “approximate” is defined as something “close to, but not completely similar”. With this in mind, Approximate Type acknowledges that no type is drawn in a vacuum, but exists inside a wide spectrum of references, historical as well as contemporary—conscious as well as subconscious. At the same time, the name represents a sense of irony and informality in a trade that is rightfully (but sometimes overly) concerned with detail.

Fonts & social injustice

Approximate Type offers free licenses for non-profit projects that address and take a stand against social injustice such as racism, sexism, capitalism and homo/transphobia. If you feel like your project qualifies, please send an email to mail@approxtype.com and give a short description of your project. Thank you!

Retail fonts

Fonts can be purchased for both desktop (OTF and TTF) and web (WOFF and EOT). By purchasing a license, you’re granted the right to use the font(s) on a predetermined number of devices, apps or (for websites) with a views-per-month restriction. A license grants perpetual right of use within the specified terms and parameters of the EULA.

Custom type design

In addition to the retail fonts sold on this website, Approximate Type offers to create custom typefaces! A custom typeface is tailored to your specific needs. It can help elevate a project by adding a distinct accent and flavour. Additionally, AT offers to create logotypes, lettering, or even customisations of existing fonts in the retail catalogue.

Trial fonts

Interested in a font, but not entirely sure about purchasing it? No sweat! Trial fonts can be obtained via the website as OTF and TTF-files. Simply make a request via mail@approxtype.com.

FAQ

How do I order a typeface?

Go to the ‘Purchase’-page and select the desired styles. Select your license, print/web/app, and amount of users/views/apps, and click “Add fonts”. Proceed through the Stripe-checkout steps. Once your purchase had been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your font-files and invoice.

Can I return a font that I've purchased?

No, unfortunately not. All purchases are final with a one-time fee charged in Euros.

Do you offer student discounts?

Yes, students get 50% discount – or rather, for each style you buy, you get another style from the same font family for free. For instance, if you buy two styles, you also get two more for free. After making your purchase, simply get in touch about which additional styles you’d like, and you’ll receive them shortly after.

What is a EULA?

EULA stands for “End User License Agreement” and is essentially a term-sheet that specifies how typefaces purchased via Approx Type may, or may not, be used. By purchasing typefaces via this website, you automatically agree to the EULA. You can read it in its entirety here.

What do I do if the font doesn’t work on my computer?

Approximate Typefaces are optimised to work on both Mac and PC and in the most recent browsers and design applications. However, I cannot give guarantees in relation to the Office-suite. If you discover any issues with the font software, please get in touch and I will work with you to resolve the issue.

What languages do your fonts support?

Language support can be assessed by downloading the PDF specimens which can be found at the top of the page for the typeface in question. In the specimen, you’ll also find the full character sets.

Am I allowed to make modifications to your fonts?

While I get the impulse, you’re not allowed to modify any Approx Typefaces. However, feel free to make a request for the desired changes and I will send you a price quote for the work.

I have previously licensed a font that you recently updated. Can I get the new version?

Definitely! Just send an email with your invoice attached, and I’ll make sure you get the updated version of the font.

Contact

Kasper Pyndt Rasmussen
Griffenfeldsgade 7A, 4th Floor
DK-2200 Copenhagen N

Email: mail[at]approxtype.com
Instagram: @approx.type