About Us

Sharp Type is a global type design studio that offers high-quality typefaces for retail licensing and custom client projects. At Sharp Type, we are at the vanguard of contemporary typeface culture and design, developing historically conscious, but deliberately original typefaces used globally by renowned designers and world-class brands. Our foundry ensures only the highest level of quality throughout every aspect of the development process including design, production, and management.
A compelling typeface is the cornerstone of any successful brand. Our typefaces balance precedent with invention, utility with beauty. Our work is informed by our deep knowledge of type design history, the continual evolution of its historical models, and our own artistic process and invention.
Sharp Type Team


Lucas Sharp and Chantra Malee found Sharp Type from their small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. Longtime friend and collaborator Josh Finklea joins at this time, too. The young foundry launches with two big projects that will prove to be early calling cards: Sharp Sans for electronics giant Samsung, and Sharp Sans Display No.1 for Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of The Tonight Show. Ogg wins a type design award from Communication Arts.
Post Grotesk
Sharp Sans Display No.1
Sharp Sans Display No.2
Sharp Type 2015
Chantra is an entrepreneur. Since childhood, she has launched and managed companies for her family’s business and later worked in branding in New York City, where she lived for 10 years. In 2015, she co-founded Sharp Type, where she handles strategy, brand management, graphic design, sales, and communication, and has been featured in many publications for her involvement in the industry, including Communication Arts, Monocle, Backstage Talks, It’s Nice That, and more. Chantra is the founder of The Malee Scholarship, a nonprofit offering financial support and mentorship to women from underrepresented backgrounds entering the type industry.
Chantra Malee, co-founder, ceo
Chantra Malee, co-founder, ceo
Lucas has been designing award-winning original typefaces for over a decade. In addition to designing his own typefaces, Sharp serves as the type director of the foundry, offering guidance, art direction, and mentorship to the type design team. Sharp has designed typefaces for major brands and organizations, including Samsung, Dropbox, and Pentagram. Sharp’s typefaces have been honored by the TDC, the European Design Awards, and more. He co-founded Sharp Type in 2015.
Lucas Sharp, co-founder, type director
Lucas Sharp, co-founder, type director
TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence for Ogg
Communication Arts 5th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Ogg


Chantra and Lucas move from NYC to Spain, trading in their Chinatown one-bedroom for a beautiful Carmen in Granada with a view of the Alhambra. During this productive spell, Lucas finishes the first version of Sharp Grotesk, their largest typeface to date. Connor Davenport also enters the picture: the recent MICA grad flys out to spend a month with them as their first intern, and, shortly thereafter, their first full-time employee. Lucas’s scriptface Frauen is featured throughout seminal food journal Lucky Peach, and designer Francesco Franchi picks Sharp Grotesk for Italian magazine, La Repubblica.
Sharp Type 2016
Print Magazine Typography Merit Winner for Frauen
Eye Magazine — Type on the Campaign Trail
Type Paris — Lucas Interview


Communication Arts 7th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Sharp Grotesk
TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence for Sharp Grotesk
Slanted — Respira: Charitable Font



My-Lan Thuong and Calvin Kwok fly to Madrid, where they officially join the team as type designers. With a growing studio, Chantra and Lucas make the decision to move back to New York City and establish a permanent office in Manhattan. The studio expands in other ways, too: Chantra founds The Malee Scholarship, a grant and mentorship program established to support women in type design who come from underrepresented backgrounds. Beatrice Display, Lucas’ indelible exercise in inverted contrast, is chosen by RoAndCo for their annual publication Romance Journal.
My-Lan has been passionate about drawing funky letters since before she knew it existed as a design discipline. She graduated from ÉSAD Amiens with a BFA in Graphic Design and from the École Estienne in Paris with an MFA in Type Design. She collaborated with Coppers and Brasses before joining Sharp Type in March 2019 as the foundry’s Senior Type Designer. Her specialties are calligraphic and experimental styles.
My-Lan Thuong, typeface designer
My-Lan Thuong, typeface designer
Calvin is a typeface designer with a BA in Visual Communication from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. After an enriching internship at Apple Inc.'s Type team, he officially joined Sharp Type in March 2019, where he currently serves as the Technical Director. He concentrates on multilingual type design, typography, and font technology, demonstrating a keen interest in the nuances of the field.
Calvin Kwok, typeface designer
Calvin Kwok, typeface designer
Communication Arts 9th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Trois Mille (3000)
Backstage Talks — Chantra Malee


Newly-minted plans for an NYC studio are disrupted by COVID-19. Sharp Type reorganizes as a global, remote-based studio. Chantra and Lucas move to San Francisco, and the rest of the team disperses to their respective home cities. The studio releases two virtuosic typefaces this year: My-Lan’s Carta Nueva, and Trois Mille by French type designer Marc Rouault, who joins as a regular collaborator. The co-founders also interview Untitled Macao about the design studio’s prolific use of Sharp Type’s fonts. Lucas and Marc are awarded by Communication Arts for their design of Doyle.
Sharp Type 2020
Justin is a designer, artist, and independent publisher working in West Los Angeles. He has collaborated with Wolff Olins, 2x4, Sharp Type, The Aperture Foundation, and many others. Justin has been part of exhibitions at MoMA PS1, The MoMA Library, Printed Matter, The Tokyo Institute of Photography, and The Museum of Arts and Design. He joined Sharp Type full-time in November of 2020.
Justin Sloane, Lead systems designer and typeface designer
Justin Sloane, Lead systems designer and typeface designer
Communication Arts 10th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Doyle
Alphabettes — The Malee Scholarship
Eye On Design — Carta Nueva
It’s Nice That — Trois Mille


Theodore is an expert generalist who connects the dots within Sharp Type through copywriting, content curation, and creative strategy. He attended UCLA before moving to New York City, where he worked for a decade in the restaurant industry as a hospitality and beverage director. In 2021, Theodore joined Sharp Type, where he currently serves as Content Director. He also moonlights as a music supervisor in the fashion industry and is a longtime resident DJ at The Lot Radio.
Theodore Jahng, content director
Theodore Jahng, content director


The full-time team, including newly-hired client liaison Zyanya Rodriguez, flies into San Francisco for a work retreat. Field trips to the Letterform Archive, Napa wine country, and coastal Marin County punctuate many home-cooked meals and endless games of Catan. The studio and its work are featured in the March issue of Communication Arts, and Livewire, an electric motorcycle brand, appropriately uses Trois Mille for its logotype. Josh Finklea publishes Octave in the fall, and the first Sharp FM mix debuts alongside its release. Connor receives a Communication Arts award for Greenstone.
Beatrice Standard
Beatrice Deck
Beatrice Headline
Sharp Type 2022
Zyanya studied Tourism at the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid although her professional career has been focused on Retail and Customer Service for the past 15 years. She started her career in Massimo Dutti. Her passion for fashion and design led her to work for international luxury brands such as Tods and Tumi, managing not only sales but also client relationships and product training courses. She joined Sharp Type in February 2023 as a Client Liaison.
Zyanya Rodriguez, client liason
Zyanya Rodriguez, client liason


The team travels to Chantra’s hometown of Newport, Rhode Island, where they are interviewed by the world-renowned publication Monocle for their autumn design issue. The foundry also releases the first-ever video trial font to preview Sharp Earth Latin. Léna Pommelet joins the team as a full-time type designer, and Calvin moves into his new role as technical director. Lucas begins teaching at The Letterform Archive’s esteemed Type West program. The studio also develops custom versions of Sharp Grotesk for Prime Video and Amazon Music simultaneously.
Sharp Type 2023
Léna is a type designer, and her work is influenced by her affection towards calligraphy, stone carving, handmade letters and vernacular typefaces. She attended École Estienne in Paris for Type Design and then obtained her MA at Type and Media at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2021. She collaborated with type foundries TyPetr and Coppers and Brasses prior to joining Sharp Type as a type designer in September 2023.
Léna Le Pommelet, typeface designer
Léna Le Pommelet, typeface designer
Communication Arts 13th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Ghost
It’s Nice That — Women in Type
It’s Nice That — Global Type Around the World
Latin Design Awards — Chantra Malee (Juror)
It’s Nice That — Malee Scholarship Announcement
Monocle Feature
Lucas Sharp teaches workshop at Letterform Archive


Communication Arts 14th Annual Typography Competition Winner for Sharp Grotesk Global
My-Lan gives a lecture at Atypi in Brisbane Australia
Sharp Type feature in Eye Magazine
Notable Clients

Pentagram, Samsung, Royal Danish Theater, Condé Nast, Abigail Kirsch, BBC, La Repubblica, Dropbox, Prudential, Virgin Voyages, Mars, Inc., Discovery Channel, Expedia, Yahoo, Amazon, Prime Video, Twilio, Discover, US Olympics, Augustinus Bader, Cisco Systems, Carmax, JKR, SidLee, Venmo, Grey Global, Paramount, Mindvalley, Oppo, Bare Minerals, GM