Our multilingual encyclopedia is coming soon. Stay tuned!

About WoT Encyclopedia

As a complementary tool of Words of Type, we are developing WoT Encyclopedia: an online and multilingual encyclopedia of typographic terms.


The initial version will include 200 terms used in typography, from all kinds of categories, such as typesetting, historical and conceptual terms, type design anatomy, digital typography, and terms specific to certain scripts, among others. This list is expected to expand with future updates.


WoT Encyclopedia will begin with seven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. More will join over time as support comes in.


We are building the website as you are reading this, and it is planned for launch in summer 2024.


Words of Type is a project initiated by French and Chinese type designer Lisa Huang, but many more people have joined the project to make it as great as possible.

Great consideration is brought upon the quality of the descriptions in every language, so experts in typography from various countries (listed below) have joined their effort to translate typography’s very specific vocabulary with human brains.

English & French - writing
Lisa Huang

English - proofreading
Tânia Raposo

French - proofreading
Éloïsa Perez

German - initial translation
Mona Franz
Katja Schimmel

German - translation
Indra Kupferschmid

Spanish - translation
Carlos de Toro

Chinese - translation
Yanru Wang

Chinese - proofreading
Chuyang Zheng

Japanese - translation
Min-Young Kim

Korean - translation
Min-Young Kim

Korean - proofreading
Mingoo Yoon

Graphic design
Grégory Taniguchi-Ambos

Website development
Goodthing Studio

Current illustrations are made by amazing artists:

Yann Bastard
Erik van Blokland
Jay Cover
James Graham
Catherine Potvin
Tezzo Suzuki

And we are always looking for more!


Words of Type is a project that needs funding to keep its quality to the highest level by paying for the work of translators, proofreaders, illustrators, designers, developers, and so on, all at a respectful rate.


As a type foundry, you can support WoT by sponsoring selected words. These will show sponsors’ typefaces in their illustrations as a nice in-use specimen. Please send us an email to sponsors@wordsoftype.com, and we will get back to you with more details and information.

Our sponsors are:


As a person, you can support too with our membership program.

And of course, if you feel exceptionally generous, you can also donate! Please contact us at info@wordsoftype.com, and make this happen together!