TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed Dec 4 11:58:21 EST 2013
The Finnish type scene
Finnish design consortium. About 3 dollars per font. Among the mostly display faces, I like penetrati (by Vesa Kautto), Electra-Normal (by Anna-Elina Aartola), and abstra (by Vesa Kautto). [Google] [More] ⦿
Industrial designer. Amy's typeface Aalto (2012) is inspired by the well-known Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. She also made the custom font Articule (2012) for a gallery in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Finnish type designer and artist. One of his creations was the first Finnish initial and ornamental character set called Jorma, which was first shown in the Kirjapainotaito-magazine at 1914. [Google] [More] ⦿
Finnish art director Brian Kaszonyi is the designer of CircusRootbeer, Circus Robot and Circus Mouse (1992). Co-designer with Tomi Haaparanta of the FUSE95 experimental font FutuRoman. Codesigner with Peter Kaszonyi of CircusRex (1993). All these fonts are still available from FontHaus. Codesigner with Tomi Haaparanta and Klaus Haapaniemi of the 15-font War family in 1999-2000.
Helvetica Neue Serif is a custom version of Helvetica Neue that was designed for Finnish pulp and packaging giant Stora Enso.
In 2013, in cooperation with Tomi Haapranta, he created a decomposed monoline layered text face, Tee Franklin.
Type designs by Jesse Juup (Cosmonaut Fonts) from Turku, Finland, include Alienator (1997, futuristic dingbats), Imfornation (1997, hand-drawn dingbats), RadonatorAnorexiaNormal (1997, techno family), RadonatorCactusNormal, RadonatorDiabloNormal, RadonatorMonsterNormal, RadonatorNormal, RadonatorVeryHeavyNormal.
Free software published in 2009 to render text in a font of one's choice. Developed by Simo Kinnunen. From the announcement:
Cufon aims to become a worthy alternative to sIFR, which despite its merits still remains painfully tricky to set up and use. To achieve this ambitious goal the following requirements were set:
Creator of esint10, a font with integrals of various sizes and kinds. This font was converted into type 1 by Martti Nikunen in 2005: see here. Nikunen used mftrace on the metafont output. [Google] [More] ⦿
Finnish architect who drew the squarish lettering for Eero, a type family created in 2003 by Christian Schwartz. Eero is used in the Dulles International Airport, and was commissioned by House Industries. [Google] [More] ⦿
Emil Karl Bertell
Emma Laiho studied at the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2011, she obtained a Masters in the type and media program of KABK. Her graphic design involves mainly editorial and book design. Her graduation typeface at KABK was Taiga (2011), a text family for books. [Google] [More] ⦿
Erik graduated from Lahti Institute of Design. His fonts include Neon, Mama and Mama Round. Born in Helsinki in 1980, Erik is a type designer for Fenotype, which was founded by his brother Emil Bertell. He holds an MA in graphic design from aalto University in Helsinki. Around 2012, he set up his own foundry, Erik Bertell.
Erik's fonts EB Base Mono (2009, monospaced), EB Futuretro (2002, bilined art deco techno face), EB Neon (2002), EB Boogie Monster (2002, multiline prismatic op art family), EB Vintage Future and EB Humboldt (2002, ultra fat).
EB Martin (2010) is, in his own words, a post modern take on several traditional blackletter types. EB Bellissimo Display (2010) is a rounded monoline geometric sans typeface family. EB Jessica (2011) is part typewriter, part cemetery.
Erik Jarl Bertell
Euroset Oy--Xxpress Oy (or: Vektorointi Lauri Alku)
Fenotype, a Finnish typefoundry, has the original (often techno) designs of Emil Bertell (b. 1983, Helsinki) and his brother Erik Bertell and wife Kea Bertell. Emil has been studying graphic design at University of Art&Industrial Design in Helsinki since 2004. He designed most of his typefaces during 2001-2004, and works as a freelance illustrator. Behance link.
Typefaces made in 2002: Disco (prismatic), Lakmus, Valimo, FUTU, Test1, Foton Torpedo, Cheaptype, Personal Computer, Copycut, Unicode 0024, HKI Metro, HKI NightLife, Digital Kauno, Fenotravels (dingbats), Tivoli, Kosmonaut, 10124, JouluFonttiFenotype, Testi, 1laitos, 1120, 0629 (2002, a kitchen tile font), 0927, 0210, FTdingsprevi, Fenotypedings#lego3, Genotype, NeoPangaia, NeoPangaia 2, Nipponblocks, Pectopah, Personalcomputer, Pouttu, Samarin (2002, athletic lettering), Unicode0024, URALphat, URALthin, URAL, URAL3d (all Latin/Cyrillic fonts with incomplete punctuation though), Automania (multiline), Copycut, Halo, 222_2003, Tantor, Letters, Rikos, Lastu, ThreeTheHardWay, Bukkake, Halo. Emil's brother Erik designed Neon (paperclip face), Mama and Mama Round (paperclip faces). In private email, he calls himself Carl. The foundry evolved from 2theleft.
Fonts made in 2003: Military Dingbats, 08 02 03 Fenotype, Projectsfenotype, Rock-it.
Fonts made in 2004: Scandinavian Titan white, Scandinavian Titan, Acid Test 2, Acid Test (texture faces), 080203, Letters11, Linja, Projects, Rock it, Simpletype. Commercial typefaces: Sapluuna, Shortcut, Transeuro-Express, Omega-Uros, Fenotype Dings, Military Dingbats, Nippon Noodle. Typefaces made in 2004: Kolari, Kolari Light, FTfaces, Twisted Ontogenesis. Alternate URL.
In 2005: RoundAbout, Nihilist Philosophy, Boogie Monster, Chunky Hunk (Western), Diy Typeface (kitchen tile style), Futuretro (stencil-like), 3TheHardWayOverrun, Pedant Dilettante, FT Rosecube, FT Blockbuster, 3TheHardWayRMX, Adios Gringo (Western face), Helsingfurt (3d oil glow face), Cream Soda (liquid), Thashed Paper Bag, Big Medium.
In 2006: Rock It Deluxe (grunge), Cassette (dingbats), Kings Garden (Japanese trees as dingbats).
MyFonts link, opened in 2009, where one can buy 080203, 3 The Hard Way Overrun, 3 The Hard Way RMX, Adios Gringo, Depth Charge, FT Helsingfurt, FT Roundabout, FT Scandinavian Titan, FT Twisted Ontogenesis, Ice Cream Soda, Kings Garden, Kolari, Nihilist Philosophy, Old Note, Rock It, November Script, and Majestic Mishmash (ransom note caps), Digital Kauno (2002, upright script), 10.12, EB Vintage Future, Fenotype Dingbats, FT Forest, FT Funghis, FT Military Dingbats, FT Weapon of Choice, Motel Xenia, URAL, Valima.
Additions in 2010: Linguine (connected script), FT Telegraph (slab serif), FT Brush, FT Industry Machine, FT Giorgio, Killer Elephant (signage), FT Supervisor (retro), FT Dead Mans Diary (scribbly), FT Grandpa Script (grunge calligraphy), FT Stamper (angular lettering), FT Tantor (fat, rounded), FT Bronson (fat display face with mustache dings thrown in), FT Master of Poster (bi-level display face with many ligatures and interlocking letters), FT Hidden Forest (tree dingbats), FT Mammoth (grotesque headline face), Rikos (futuristic), Squarendon Extra Bold (2010, a Clarendon), FT Moonshine Script (a Treefrog style face), Billboard (a hand-printed rounded caps family), EB Bellissimo Display (rounded monoline sans), Malamondo (an all caps display face with a large number of interlocking ligatures), Linja (2002 and 2010, a rounded ultra condensed family), Punavuori (2002 and 2010: a monoline sans family), Signor (2010, a rounded all caps family), Mrs. Lolita (connected script), Funghi Mania (mushroom dingbats), Funghi Mania Script, Darlington (very open upright connected script family), Archipelago (+Caps: an upright connected script), Tower (pieces that enable one to modularly construct towers when stacked; created as a school assignment at the University of Industrial Art&Design Helsinki in 2006), Monster (just as Tower but for monsters), Verna (informal face with ball terminals), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna).
Typefaces from 2011: Pepita Script (an upright connected script with small lachrymal terminals), Pepito (its nonconnected version), Barber (upright script family), Banzai Bros (a fat caps-only signage face), Mishka (an upright connected script with tear drop terminals).
In 2012, he created Salamander Script, Taiga (connected upright script), Mercury Script (a set of upright connected script typefaces), Slim Tony (a bubblegum retro signage face) and Mercury Ornaments.
Typefaces from 2013: No. Seven (brushy signage or baseball script), Alek and Alek Ornaments (an upright signage script), Voyage (a vintage script), Barracuda Script (brushy signage face), Bonbon (signage script), Bonbon Ornaments, Scaramouche (a playful connected script).
John Joe Mittler (b. Tampere, Finland, 1974) runs Fonticon in Lapua, Finland. He specilaizes in dingbats, and made the Mannequin font series (2006), which has "anatomically correct high-resolution illustrations of women with diverse body weights and shapes, in diverse levels of clothing." Subfonts include Stout, Slim, Cup C, and Pregnant. MyFonts page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Tatiana Evreinova writes in 2005: Grigori Evreinov had created a pseudo-graphic typeface called Styled. The goal was to simplify visual perception of the typeface and to strengthen legibility. The Styled typeface includes 26 pseudo-graphic tokens that are very similar to standard typeface and could be perceived relying on previous user experience. Tatiana got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Tampere, Finland, in 2005. The Styled typeface minimized the number of eye movements in a research experiment. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hanna Hakala is a type and graphic designer from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design at University of Art and Design Helsinki and type design at the Type and Media masters program at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands. She has an MA in developmental genetics and has worked in Minneapolis and Helsinki as a research scientist. She has been involved with the design of several visual identities, magazines and books. She is particularly interested in information design, multilingual projects and the design of Latin-Cyrillic typefaces. She created DTL Valiance. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. [Google] [More] ⦿
Heikki Morgan Hämäläinen
Heikki is a Sydney University Master of Multimedia(hons.) graduate and has also studied a Master of Arts degree in filmmaking at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. Currently, Heikki is employed at SeaLink Travel Group in Adelaide as Design Lead. He is the creator of the scratchy hand-printed face Else Type (2011, iFontMaker) and of the hand-printed face Hessutxt (2011, iFontMaker). [Google] [More] ⦿
Helsinki Type Studio
Finnish commercial typefoundry, est. 2013 by Niklas Ekholm, Juho Hiilivirta, Jungmyung Lee and Jaakko Suomalainen. Unless indicated, all typefaces are by Niklas Ekholm. The initial typefaces comprise Leighton (2012), Bookish Book (2011), Nils (2011), Mignon (2011), Relevant Regular [2011, by Ekholm and Jaakko Suomalainen], Mogul [2012, by Juho Hiilivirta] and Bastard Semibold [2012, by Jungmyung Lee]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hiekka Graphics is a Finnish design studio located in Västerskog, and run by Ossi Gustafsson. Their typefaces: HG Rollo (2008, free), HG Amokey, HG Fatbrass (nice ultra-fat type), Fatbrass II, HG Cappella (art deco with filled-in counters), HG Oliver, HG Akimoto (2008, fat slab display face), HG Sepu (2009, rounded techno), HG Pale (2009, half-stencil, half-paperclip face), and HG Kalevi (2009, an open display face with an additional stencil style).
Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1975. From 1994-1999 he studied graphic design at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design. In 2000 he became a postgraduate student at the KABK where he wrote a Masters thesis entitled "Type&Media". He joined Underware in the same year. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on On the edge of legibility, which in fact is a talk about blackletter. Affiliated since 2002 with Underware. He lives in Finland. Also doing business at Incubator at Village Type.
Toni Hurme (Hurme Design, Helsinki) started publishing fonts in 2013. his first series, numbered 1 through 4, is Hurme Geometric Sans, a geometric sans family of large x-height and simple avant-garde structures. Each series has 14 styles and true small caps.
Finnish archive. The 7.2MB font file has many .fon files, as well as the Microsoft truetype collection, EstrangeloEdessa (by Paul Nelson and George Kiraz, 2000, Syriac Computing Institute), ITC Franklin Gothic, Gautami (Microsoft, 2001), Latha (Microsoft, 2001), LucidaSansUnicode, MV Boli (Agfa-Monotype, 2001), Mangal (Microsoft, 2001), PalatinoLinotype (1998, a Unicode font), Raavi (Microsoft, 2001), Shruti (Microsoft, 2001), Sshlinedraw (Tero Kivinen / SSH Communications Security Oy, linedrawing characters for VT100 terminal, 1997), Sylfaen (Microsoft, 1999). All of the fonts are basically Unicode for all European languages, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, basic mathematics, and Greek. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coding that supports the following languages: Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, German, Galician, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. More specifically, other ISO-8859 groups are as follows:
Juhani Lehtiranta holds a Ph.D. in linguistics, and lives and works in his place of birth, Nurmijärvi, near Helsinki. He has been busy with special fonts since 1985. In 1990 he established font design company, JL-types Ky. Lehtiranta's special interests are typefaces for European minority languages (e.g., Greek, Baltic, Sami, Cyrillic, Central European) and custom made fonts (e.g., barcode fonts (JLCode128, JLEAN, JLCode39, JLInterleaved2/5)). He created the first fonts for the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet in 1985 and published an OpenType phonetic font in 2005. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on A wild play with diacriticts, in which he discusses the Finnish language, Sami, and other special aerial languages. [Google] [More] ⦿
John Joe Mittler
Juha Korhonen (b. 1966, aka Junkohanhero) is a Finnish artist and type designer, who created these free fonts:
Designer in Helsinki, who created Tutankhamono (2012), a monospaced typeface family.
Jukka Aalto, aka "Armadillo" comments from the font design trenches. Here are bits and pieces.
Julia Sysmäläinen (Juliasys) is the Finnish type designer, who created FF Mister K Pro (2008, FontFont; a winner at Paratype K2009, where it says that the face was co-designed by Jürgen Sanides from Germany), a digital rendering extraordinaire of Franz Kafka's handwriting. Ivo Grabowitsch writes: This meant not only creating hundreds of ligatures - each of them consisting of two, three or even four single characters - but also integrating numerous alternate characters to avoid successions of repeating shapes, in order to lend FF Mister K Pro a more authentic script feel. Furthermore handy OpenType functions were added, for example for stylistic alternatives including hatched text as well as underlining and crossing out. Eventually three completely different single fonts were developed. Besides the normal cut there's also Crossout, which allows for setting extensively crossed out text and Onstage, which clearly looks more extravagant and wriggly. All foreign languages and features included the standard cut alone contains more than 1,500 glyphs.
In 2009, she published FF Mister K Dingbats. FF Mister K Informal (2011) won an award at TDC 2012.
As Juliasys, Julia Sysmäläinen published the semmi-serif Latin / Cyrillic / Greek typeface family Mir (2013).
Visual information designer, consultant and teacher who lives and works at Tampere, Finland. He has an MA in media from Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. He specializes in designing complex visual systems, like newspapers, magazines and web sites. He made the avant garde geometric sans face Alvar (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
From the University of Tampere, Finland, Jürgen F. Schopp's list of books on typography. He also has a nice page on type classification. For "broken" typefaces (gebrochene Schriften), Schopp proposes this:
Born in Turku, Finland, in 1955. Lecturer at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki since 1996. He has mainly focused on teaching lettering and basics of typography at both the BA and MA levels. He also arranged the first digital font design courses in UIAH in 1994-1995. He has a small studio on Harakka Island just off the Helsinki coastline. He was the main organizer of ATypI 2005 in Helsinki. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kea Bertell studied Spatial and Furniture Design at University of Art&Industrial design Helsinki. After being injured she started working as an illustrator with her husband Emil Bertell at Fenotype in Turku, Finland. Her first typeface, done in 2010, is the brushy Biscuits and Gravy. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Kokoro & Moi, established in 2001 in Helsinki, is a full-service creative agency specializing in brand strategies and identity design. In 2013, they designed the custom typeface family Stockmann Sans: Stockmann department stores were going through a major uplift in their brand and communications in 2012, when they decided to move away from the wide selection of font styles to a unified look-and-feel and smoother processes. The era of Helvetica and Garamond was coming to an end with a unique, handcrafted Stockmann Sans about to step in.
Lanston Type Co
The Lanston Type Co was based in PEI, Canada, moved in 2002 to Vancouver, and moved later that year to Espoo, Finland. In 2004, Lanston was sold to P22. It has classic and wonderful offerings such as Albertan, Bodoni, Caslon, Deepdene (Frederic Goudy, 1929-1934; see D690 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, or URW Deepdene, or Barry Schwartz's Linden Hill (a free font)), Goudy Oldstyle, Jacobean Initials, Kennerly, Kaatskill, Water Garden and Jefferson Gothic. Owned by Gerald Giampa (b. 1950, d. Vancouver, 2009), who wrote me this: Frederic Goudy worked for us for 29 years. We manufactured Monotype casters and keyboards. The English sister company sold casters to England and the Commonwealth and we sold to the Americas and wherever else practical. Tolbert Lanston, our founder, was the inventor of Monotype. We still sell matrices and were punching them until several years ago. Soon we expect to have the equipment moved and operational once again. We are placing it into America's largest printing museum which is in Andover close to Boston. However there is a possibility that it will end up in Hull Québec. Our previous type director was Jim Rimmer of Vancouver, noted type designer. He designs, cuts and cast type in lead. Our face Albertan was designed by Jim and is very successful. John Hudson and Ross Mills of Tiro were directly inspired by our facilities in Vancouver. I encouraged them towards type design. The beautiful Bodoni 26 (unicase) can be bought at FontShop. Atlantic 35 (1909-1935) is a modern family first used by the Atlantic Monthly in 1909.
The fonts: Albertan No. 977, Albertan Bold No. 978, Albertan Title No. 980,&Inline No. 979, Bodoni No. 175, Bodoni Bold No. 2175, Bodoni 26 (a Lanston unicase based on an interpretation by Sol Hess), No. 175, Caslon Old Style No. 337, Caslon Bold No's 637,&537, Deepdene No. 315, Figures Square No. 132, Flash No. 373, Fleurons C, Fleurons Granjon Folio, Fleurons Folio One, Forum No. 274, Francis No. 982, Garamont No. 248, Globe Gothic No's 240,&239,&230, Goudy Initials No. 296, Goudy Old Style No. 394, Goudy Thirty No. 392, Goudy Village (#2) No. 410, Hadriano Stone-Cut No. 409, Hadriano Title No. 309, Jacobean Initials, Jefferson Gothic No. 227, Jenson Old Style No. 508, Kaatskill No. 976, Kaufmann (Lanston Swing Bold) No. 217, Kennerley Old Style No. 268, Metropolitan No. 369, Obelisk No. 2577, Pabst Old Style No. 45, Pabst Old Style Open, Spire No. 377, 20th Century No. 605, Vine Leaves C, Vine Leaves Folio One, Vine Leaves Folio Two, Water Garden Ornaments. P22 writes this about Lanston: In the late 1800s, Tolbert Lanston licensed his technology to an English sister company and became a major international force. Lanston grew rapidly with America's pre-eminent type designer, Frederic Goudy, holding the position of art director from 1920-1947. The Philadelphia-based Lanston Monotype eventually parted ways with its English counterpart. English Monotype became simply known as Monotype from that time forth. Lanston was acquired by American Type Founders in 1969. After a series of other owners, the company found its way to master printer Gerald Giampa, who moved it to Prince Edward Island in 1988. During its time of transition, Lanston continued supplying the American market for monotype casters until January 21, 2000, when the hot-metal component of Lanston was tragically destroyed by a tidal wave. Giampa was one of the earliest developers of PostScript fonts. After the loss, he focused on digitization to an even greater extent. Under his stewardship, Lanston's classic faces were digitized in a style that was true to the sources, which are the brass and lead patterns from which the metal type was made. The past few years have seen Giampa and Lanston travel from Canada to Finland, and back again. Now, Lanston has completed another journey back to the United States to come under the care of a new steward: P22. Giampa is answering the call of the sea. He has traded his type founder's hat for that of a ship's captain to sail the northern Pacific coast. During his shore leaves, Giampa will act as typographic consultant to Lanston-P22. The P22 Lanston collection (2005-2006) includes this:
Graphic designer and illustrator who completed a Masters in type design at KABK in 2011. Originally from Helsinki, Lauri studied at the Lahti Institute of Design where she graduated in the spring of 2010. After TypeMedia Lauri will move to Berlin to start a graphic design studio/type foundry with his classmate Florian Schick. Colette (2011, designed at KABK) is a transitional type family with text and display cuts. It plays with the contrast of spiky terminals and round curves. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ludwig Übele is a Berlin-based German type designer (b. Memmingen, 1974). In 2007, he established Ludwig Type in Berlin. Ludwig practiced type design and branding in his own studio in Den Haag, The Netherlands. He graduated in 2007 from the KABK in Den Haag, the same year in which he started his foundry Ludwig Uebele (or: Ludwig Type) in Berlin. MyFonts interview. Behance link. His award-winning typefaces:
Finnish graphic designer, b. 1965, who focuses on book design and typography. His one-man studio, started in 1987, is located near the sea in south-eastern Helsinki. Itkonen has an MA in art history and communications from the Helsinki University (1991). Before that, he had graduated from the school of the Finnish graphic designers association (Mainosgraafikkojen koulu) in 1986. Itkonen is the author of Typografian käsikirja, a Finnish handbook on typography (2003), and has written extensively on typography. Since the early 90s, his book designs have won several honourable mentions in the Finnish contest for the most beautiful books of the year. Itkonen also teaches part-time on typography. [Google] [More] ⦿
German designer, b. 1965. Currently, he teaches typography at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland, but maintains a home in Wuppertal, Germany. His typefaces:
Finnish creator of Scrrrabbble (2007).
Typefaces from 2013: Riona Sans.
Finnish designer and illustrator who made the display face Klang (2012).
Minority languages of Russia on the Net
Esa Anttikoski's page with minority Russian language links. Has fonts for Altai/Mari, Kazakh, Tatar, Chechen, Chuvash (TimesEC), Udmurt, Ossetian, Karelian, Yakut. His font Abur (2000). Subpage on Russian minority language fonts. In particular, free fonts offered include
Morgan (whose real name is Heikki Juhani Hämäläinen) is an artist and gardener in Finland who was born in 1963 in Pälkäne.
In 2010, he founded Morganismi (in Finland's Sysmä), and created the children's hand Morganshand, the petroglyph font Rock Painting, the retro futuristic face 2010 Outta Space (2010), and the insult-inspired dingbat face 1HarshLanguage. Morganismi (2010) is a primitive human alphabet. Kauhaatos (2010) is a scary gothic face. Fraught (+Icons, which includes some fists) (2010) is a rough hand-printed stencil face. Curser (2010) is an old typewriter face.
Morgothick (2011) is described as follows: Morgothick is an ugly not-so-decorative blackletter font, hand-drawn like straight from the dark Middle Ages of drunk monks and dim chambers.
Riipale (2012) is a font family with two sets of hand-drawn characters.
Finnish designer of Makinen Was Here (2000, Lahti Institute of Design), a great font, but an even greater presentation. He is a multimedia designer who works in Helsinki for Evia Helsinki Oy. [Google] [More] ⦿
OCR-A: Tor Lillqvist
Graduate of Academy of Art University in San Francisco, class of 2007. After jobs in Helsinki, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Miami, since 2011, Olli Tervo is art director at RTC in Washington, DC. His portfolio includes the text typeface Prelude (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Professor Riitta Brusila is teaching and researching visual communication and graphic design at University of Lapland. She is a partner of a design company. Dr. Brusila has studied at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki (1987 M.A., visual communication) and at the University of Tampere (1997, Doctor of social sciences, communication research and visual journalism). She has published articles and books about typography. She has also translated some of Jan Tschichold's texts into Finnish. Brusila is chairman of the board of Grafia (Finnish Graphic Designer's Association) since 2003. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ritva Leinonen is a Finnish artist and teacher. She works as a painter and graphic designer and has an interest in calligraphy. She is a member of The Association of painters in Finland, and has had exhibitions in Finland since 1964 and abroad since 1972. Ritva has been a lecturer in visual communication and typography at Lahti Institute of Design since 1971 and a teacher at UIAH, Helsinki from 1979-1982. She has organized typographic symposiums in Finland since 1995. [Google] [More] ⦿
rzy-- SD Fonts
From Espoo, Finland, Ritzy Spacedweller's free fonts: Digeria-Normal, DJ-Gross, Donnie, Speedlearn-Normal, 02760, 3X3, 80's-Cyberpunk-Revival, AlSabro, Almanacques, Aranea, Bored-Schoolboy, Brainless-Thoughts, Clauderosa, Confusion, Coptica, Crying-Star, Daville, Dempsey-Modern-Uncial, Denial (this Exocet-related family from 2000 is also here), Empiric, End-of-Path, Fasttracker-II, Finnish-Rock-Paintings, Fire-Of-Ysgard, Ghis-Ghis, Glue-Klinging-Klan, Gothic-Bozo, Handshake, Helena-Script, Hic-Habitat-Minotaurus, Izolation, Loving-Babes, Ludovicos, Metropoliz, Paganspace, Painfull-Misery, Paolo, Paternoster-AH, Professor-Mad, Progressiva, Reubalach, Rumble-Dumble, Sailor-'87, Scrawl, Scrypticali (2001), Seabreed, Silent-Hill-of-Cheryl, Slouch..., Swelled-Computer, Tagster, Times-UnXpected, Xenith, XenoArial, Dwarven-Stonecraft. Most fonts have only caps. Many have an "ancient" flavor.
MacCampus writes: The Saames are a small people living in Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. They have their own language called Saami (Samisk, Saamisch), sometimes also called Lappe (Lappisch). The language (or rather its three different dialects) uses some characters not present in any other European language. For Saami, MacCampus has created the SamoFont series of fonts. Currently available are Nimbus Roman SA (SamoFont 01) and Nimbus Sans SA (SamoFont 02). [Google] [More] ⦿
Finnish designer (b. Kerava, 1975) of FF Nelio (2001, a stitching family in 14 styles), who lives in Helsinki, where he works as a graphic and typographic designer. He codesigned all Underware fonts: Dolly, Bello, Sauna, Liza (2009), Auto (1, 2 and 3), Unibody 8 and Fakir. In fact, Sami cofounded Underware with Akiem Helmling and Bas Jacobs in The Hague and has recently worked with DTL (Dutch Type Library). Brief CV. He was a student at the Lahti Polytechnic/Institute of Design (1995-2001). MyFonts site. FontShop link. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Finnish expert on font rendering, having been lead engineer for the TrueType rasterizer while at Apple (and inventor of truetype), from 1987 to 1989. He set up his own company, Type Solutions, to market font development software (TypeMan, StingRay, Incubator), a Java development system, software for the Apple Newton and, later, a new rasterizer, T2K. This relied much less on hints in the font, yet produced results comparable with good TrueType fonts. In 1995-1996, Type Solutions (and Tax and Accounting Software Corporation, whatever that is) made the Helvetica-lookalike fonts TxFntB10, TxFntB12, TxFntB14, TxFntB8, TxFntB6, TxFntN6, TxFntN8.
In 1998, Bitstream acquired Type Solutions and T2K is now fully integrated into Bitstream's font rasterizer, now called Font Fusion. An interview. From August, 1989 to November 1998, he was a founder and President of Type Solutions, Inc., where he developed the font renderer T2K.
Sampo Kaasila joined Bitstream in November 1998 upon the acquisition of his company, Type Solutions, Inc. As Vice President, Research and Development at Bitstream, he is the main developer of ThunderHawk, a web browser for wireless devices. That software has a font family developed by Bitstream called Kaasila (2001). He stayed with Bitstream until its demise in 2012.
In 2012, he joined Monotype as its Research and Development Director.
BA student at University of Ljubljana: Academy of Fine arts and Design, Department of Visual Communication Design, 2010-2013. In 2012, she is an exchange student at Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki.
Creator of the experimental typeface Hemifission (2012) and of Kutsu (2012).
Kunihiko Okano graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1995. After working as a packaging designer for about a decade, he started his design office Shotype Design in 2008 and has been providing Latin parts to Japanese type foundries. In 2011, he graduated from KABK with a Masters in the type and media program.
At KABK, he created Quintet (2011), which consists of a script, a serif and an italic. He writes: The Script typeface is based on the double-pencil technique and looks double-stroke but consists of a single stroke. The Script variations have completely same letter widths and kerning values to be used as a layer font. The Serif style works for a subhead or body text. Quintet is suitable for packaging design for wines, sweets and cosmetics. The typophiles are applauding Quintet. Hrant papazian says that it is the best typeface to ever come out of KABK. Discussion on Typographica: The layered approach of Quintet gives the designer a toolbox that allows exploration of different shades within the same underlying model. Different weights are implemented in an unconventional way: instead of varying the main strokes, Quintet varies the weight of the outline. And this contour itself is maybe the most remarkable feature of the font: it is in fact broadnib-based double stroke drawn as a single, connected line. This technique itself has been practised by calligraphers for centuries, albeit in ornaments and illustrations, not the letterforms themselves. This way, Quintet gives us the pleasure to enjoy it not only once at first sight but again as we discover its clever loops and connections.. The typeface was published in 2012 by Photo-Lettering.
Later he established Shotype. Besides Quintet Script and Quintet Serif, he created AXIS Latin Condensed, AXIS Latin Compressed, Hiragino UD Mincho, Hiragino UD KakuGo, Hiragino UD MaruGo, Shotype Serif, Shotype Slab, AXIS Mincho.
Suomi Type Foundry
Tomi Haaparanta (b. Vaasa, Finland, 1967) is a Finnish type designer and art director. He created many great fonts, and founded Suomi Type Foundry in 2005. Speaker at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki. MyFonts link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. His typefaces, suboptimally grouped:
Researcher in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Tampere (Finland) with a Computer Science background, who received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Tampere in December 2005. Creator of the experimental typeface Styled (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
Finnish creator in Helsinki of Kaiser (2011, a sans designed for print and screen), developed at the tipoRenesansa 3rd international type design workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Creator of the round signage face Winnie the Hoop (2012, inspired by Winnie the Pooh).
In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program in Den Haag, with a typeface family called Binky that was inspired by wood type. Before that, he graduated from the Pekka Halonen Academy in 2009 and the Lahti Institute of Design in 2012. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Jörg Knappen's page on the European Computer Modern fonts. "The following languages are supported by the Cork encoding: Afrikaans, Albanian, Breton, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish (modern orthography), Italian, Letzeburgish, Lusatian (Sorbian), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaetian (Rumantsch), Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish." [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Finland since 1988, who obtained a Masters in Philosophy in 2001 from the Art History department at the University of Helsinki. Since 1997 she is a graphic designer at the book publisher Tammi. At the ATypI 2005 meeting in Helsinki she spoke on the history of Finnish type, focusing on the art nouveau era and the early 20th century. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tutorial on character codes
Typism is Juraj Sukop's web-based font editor published in 2009: It is a public site where anyone can create a font for others to use and to study, to modify and to copy. You write the description of a typeface, design the outlines of a glyph, track the development history and publish any revision in human-readable format to store locally. All it takes to run it is a browser supporting a few open standards. [...] I believe it is of uttermost importance that everyone has the unrestricted access to the tools one needs to create freely. Therefore everyone can come here and may do good and that is why typism uses SVG. All the code and fonts are released under MIT License and Open Font License, respectively. [...] In other words, typism borrows heavily from Blender, Firefox, Wikipedia and The Pirate Bay. Juraj was an exchange student at UIAH in Helsinki, and got support for this project from the Slovak government. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typografi is the type design company of Saku Heinänen, who is also the principal of Alku Design Ltd in Helsinki. Saku has been teaching at the Graphic Design Faculty of Aalto University in Helsinki, on topics such as typography, type design and publication design. His typefaces:
Typolar (was: Jarno Lukkarila Type Foundry, or: Format Design)
Jarno Lukkarila (b. 1978) works mainly in graphic design. As the author of the typography reference book Tekstuuri: typografia julkaisijan työvälineenä (2001, Helsinki: CredoNet) he is one of the few writing about the subject in the Finnish language. He ran a typography-oriented design studio called Format Design in Helsinki and lectures part time on typography in Finnish design schools. Lukkarila was recognized as a type designer in the Morisawa Awards 2002, where his Xtra Sans typeface received the bronze prize in the Latin category. Lukkarila studied type design at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague, in the postgraduate course Type&Media highlighted by the writing and letter design workshop of Gerrit Noordzij in 2000. Before this he graduated as graphic designer in Finland. Format Design became Jarno Lukkarila Type Foundry, and in 2010 morphed into Typolar, which is based in London. Typolar is run with Teemu Ollikainen and Saku Heinänen.
Underware is a (typo)graphic design-studio which is specialized in designing and producing typefaces. These are published for retail sale or are specially tailor-made. The company was founded in 1999 by Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs and Sami Kortemäki. Since 2002 Hugo Cavalheiro d'Alte is also part of the studio. They are based in Den Haag, Helsinki and Amsterdam.
Bas Jacobs and Akiem Helmling designed Dolly (2001), a 4-font book typeface with flourishes, brushy, sturdy, Dutch. They created Sofa, a precursor of Sauna (2002), which won an award at the TDC2 2003 competition. In 2002, they made Stool for a Finnish printing house, Salpausselän Kirjapaino Ltd. Ulrika is a custom display typeface designed for Proidea Oy (a Finnish film and video production company).
Unibody 8 and 10 (2003) is a free OpenType pixel font optimized for FlashMX.
In 2004, they created Auto, about which they write: "Auto is a sans serif typeface which has three different models of italics, each with its own flavour. The font family consists of 3 x 24 fonts. With its three italics, Auto creates a new typographic palette, allowing the user to drive through unknown typographic and linguistic possibilities. Auto is fully loaded with both full Western and Eastern European character sets." Auto won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. Additional material on the web page: a wonderful intro to type basics, and an intro to OpenType.
In 2005, Underware joined the type coop Village.
Interview in 2008.
In 2009, they published the connected script brush face Liza (+Text, Display, Caps, Ornaments), which has several versions for each letter.
Custom types: Mr. Porter (script with a dozen alternatives for each glyph to better simulate real handwriting; it was awarded at TDC 2012 and at Tokyo TDC 2012), Stool (Headline, Thin, Grand), Sauna Mono (for the Danish Jyske Bank), Fated (fat), Ulrika (rounded and informal, slightly plump: for Proidea Ltd, a Finnish video production company), Suunto (for sports watches, i.e., Suunto's Cobra2, Vyper2 and Elementum).
Description of character sets.
Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated
Finnish graphic designer and illustrator, who is finishing a BA in Graphic and Media Design, at London College of Communication in 2013. Creator of a collaborative typeface (with Sam Brogan) in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
This is one of the most talented FontStructors. On Behance, he/she is listed as Van Saarland, from Hameenlinna, Finland.
Typefaces from 2011: Teotihuacan (inspired by a Mexican poster), Micra (a monospaced OCR-A font), Fast Driving, Rendez-Vous (a condensed serif font inspired by the cover of "The Essential Jean Michel Jarre"), Carat Condensed, Carat, Wolfen (a copperplate style condensed face), Futuroid (sci-fi), Instrumenta (after Neville Brody's Industria), Modern Vision (based on the opening credits from The Terminator and The Running Man), Future Earth (futuristic: based on a typeface used in The Terminator logo which is also the base for the font "Earth"), Phatprogy (+Extra Phat).
Typefaces from 2012: Modus Operandi, Ikonomi (squarish sans), Genera, Hexathrone, Liquid Crystal Serif, Wulthraesk (constructivist), Electionale, Major (a high contrast didone), Commandant (2012, like Futura Stencil), Comfutur (a beautiful stencil face with a bit of Futura Black), Qode (a retro-futuristic LED style typeface), Graphyto (a heavy slab face), Heavy Royale, Thiage (Thai simuation face), Bravis, Cirquetry, Solidis, Velocifero (bilined), Heavy Royale, Jet Set Groove, Reactor A1 (futuristic stencil), Polymoda (an abstract font), Lino II, Sequencer (+Condensed), Hertzace (square retro-futurist), Cifira (art deco), Saturation (monoline sans), Katana (+Bold, +Condensed), Countura (abstract and minimalist), Stripelane (horizontally striped), Vortexa (in the style of Data 70), In Nomine Matrix, Afterburner, Afterburner Phase II, High Rise (Western typeface), Sulaco, Polaroid, Tech Noir (a dot matrix typeface based on the nightclub sign from The Terminator), Slabbers II, Windician (art deco), Cryptocube, DMC 12, Ken Jp (oriental simulation typeface), PxlSQ, Scorpione, Monotronic, Advancer (dot matrix face), Avico, Discolyde, Film Sequence, Modern Vision (based on an unknown typeface which was used in the opening credits of The Terminator, The Running Man, Class of 1999, and also used on Robert A. Heinlein's book covers (there's a font called Heinlein which is similar)), Cromagnon, Gace, Midora Sans, Squarium (constructivist), Cheque Matte (octagonal), Plusminus, Advancer Lite, Magnetofunk (retro-futuristic), Integrafia (piano key stencil face), Network9, Cechida, Rendez-Vous (condensed square slab face), Rendez-Vous II, Equantum, Karelian Stencil, Cryptocube, Neolexia, Ambiente, Stencilae (stencil), Linearis (horizontally striped), Contrafacia A and B (horizontally striped faces), Stereovision, Hypetron (based on the TRON logo), Degré (hexagonal), Typorabilis, Wunderkind (kitchen tile face), Kiova Captura, Biomehanika.
Typefaces from 2013: Devico (constructivist), Meco (based on Meco's logo), Confiant A, Confiant B, Zerusta, Carat, Combonaut, Jet Set Groove, Cifira, Gace, Condensbit, Synditon, Abciria, Vulthraesk, Rendez-Vous (+II), Instrumenta (based on Neville Brody's Industria), Saturation, RndEX, Rewinder, Power Electronics (an octagonal typeface based on the Captain Power logo), Obsidian Deco (a gorgeous fat piano key typeface), Electrone, Plusminus, Connector Module, Scorpione, Perficio, XOX Design, Da Capo (bold slab serif), Gradiator, Phatprogy, Genexus, Finica Sharp Script, Power Electronics (based on the Captain power logo), Aftertouch (a wide sans), Telecharger, Vicenti, Modicea, Submachine (based on Stanley Davis's Amelia), Genera Deux (a computer font), Genexe, Network 9 (connect-the-dots), Square Earth, Future Earth (trekkie font), Cechida, Supernature, Siberiada (a great Russian simulation face with a medieval touch), Defigma (bilined), Carat, Back to the future (based on the movie logo; called Rewinder on FontStruct), Vibrion (techno face), Connector Module, Wunderkind (a tiled typeface), Yaguar, Pacific Serif (slab serif), Aerogenes (wide techno font), Windician, Commandant (a wide art deco stencil face).