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The Finnish type scene



[Travel poster for Finnair, drawn in 1961 by Erik Bruun]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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Aarno Hohti
[APL]

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abstra.type.design
[Vesa Kautto]

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]  ⦿

Amy Novak

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]  ⦿

Anastasia Ev

During her studies, Anastasia Ev (Mikkeli, Finland) created a Finnish rune simulation font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna-Elina Aartola

Finnish designer of Electra-Normal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antti Toivanen

Lahti, Finland-based designer. Creator of the free fat counterless face Much Bolder (2009). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

APL
[Aarno Hohti]

Aarno Hohti's free metafont for APL. Plus many files for TEX users who want to set APL code nicely. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arto Hatanpää

Finnish designer of the octagonal techno font Nouveau IBM (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atte Syvänne

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]  ⦿

BarCodeLib

Nice free utility and barcode (BarfCode.ttf) created by Hannu Helminen, 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bitmap fonts

Bitmap fonts at the University of Vaasa, Finland. Archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Kaszonyi
[Circus Design]

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Circus Design
[Brian Kaszonyi]

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.

Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cloud9 Type Dept
[Jani Paavola]

Cloud9 Type dept, a type foundry based in Helsinki, is run by Jani Paavola. On the day the Fins lost the semifinal in the hockey tournament in Sochi, Paavola published the 3-style geometric grotesque typeface family Result (2014). Result Ultra style is especially attractive. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cosmonaut Fonts
[Jesse Juup]

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.

The foundry is under reconstruction but its fonts survive at TypOasis. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cufon
[Simo Kinnunen]

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:

  • No plug-ins required - it can only use features natively supported by the client
  • Compatibility - it has to work on every major browser on the market
  • Ease of use - no or near-zero configuration needed for standard use cases
  • Speed - it has to be fast, even for sufficiently large amounts of text

Cufon consists of a font generator, which converts fonts to a proprietary format and a rendering engine written in JavaScript. In reality the generator is little more than a web-based interface to FontForge. First, the generator builds a custom FontForge script based on user input and then runs it, saving the result as an SVG font. The SVG font is then parsed and SVG paths are converted to VML paths. This is a crucial step in achieving stellar performance in Internet Explorer, as it supports VML natively. The resulting document is then converted into JSON with a mix of functional JavaScript. This has numerous advantages:

  • To include a font, you only need to load it with the standard tag as any other JavaScript file and it will be registered automatically
  • There is no need to manually parse the file on client-side again
  • External JavaScript files block execution until they have loaded, which helps us to achieve a flicker-free, clean replacement
  • It compresses extremely well. While often somewhat large in terms of file size without any compression, a compressed font usually weighs in 60-80% less than the original.
Tutorial by Jeffrey Way, who argues that Cufon beats sIFR in simplicity and ease of use, but warns that text is not selectable and that the hover element does not work. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daily Fonts

Juha Rautiainen (Freak)'s Finnish archive with well over 700 truetype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darkmind

Darkmind (Darkbase) is the Finnish designer of the handwriting face Freeform0001 (2003). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dataestradi Software Publishing Company

Finnish company selling Cyrillic typefaces and barcode fonts and software. Webmaster Joni-Pekka Kurronen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diana Sanchez

Designer from Brooklyn, NY [now living in Helsinki], who graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. Creator of Numbers (2013), a beautiful circuit-inspired octagonal set of numbers. She also made the Peignotian fashion mag typeface Victoria (2013). Other typefaces include Travel Type (outlined style) and Gemma (2014, beveled).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eddie Saudrais

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]  ⦿

Eero Saarinen

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]  ⦿

El1anora

Finnish designer of the handwriting fonts Pwnisher1, Pwnisher2 and Pwnisher3 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emil Karl Bertell
[Fenotype]

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Emma Laiho

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 Bertell
[Erik Jarl Bertell]

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.

Typefaces from 2013: Steamer (which he calls a grimy grotesque), EB Vintage Future, EB Martin (blackletter), EB Jessica Condensed Book. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Erik Jarl Bertell
[Erik Bertell]

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Esa Anttikoski
[Minority languages of Russia on the Net]

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Euroset Oy--Xxpress Oy (or: Vektorointi Lauri Alku)
[Lauri Alku]

Finnish outfit owning the rights to the font Nokia by Lauri Alku, 1990. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fenotype
[Emil Karl Bertell]

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 (a successful 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).

Typefaces from 2014: In and Out (a connected retro signage script), The Carpenter (a script family in the style of Mercury Script).

Dafont link. Behance link. MyFonts interview.

View the Fenotype typeface library.

View Emil Bertell's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fonticon
[John Joe Mittler]

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]  ⦿

Fontit.com

Corporate type vendor in Espoo, Finland, acting for Linotype, FontShop, and others. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonttia

Finnish upstart foundry, which possibly ceased to exist. About five free Mac truetype fonts: Pisara (outlined handwriting--nice!), Digitaali, Japestyle, Treedee, Nohata. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gerald Giampa
[Lanston Type Co]

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Grigori Evreinova

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

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]  ⦿

Harri Perälä

Harri Perälä from Finland created this gorgeous connected handwriting font, Tengwar Cursive TrueType Font v0.95. Free. Tengwar font tutorial. See also here. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heikki Morgan Hämäläinen
[Morganismi]

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Heikki Paulaharju

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
[Niklas Ekholm]

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
[Ossi Gustafsson]

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).

Fonts made in 2010: Sketchetica (sketched Helvetica), Sketchetik (renamed Sketchetica?). Followed in 2013 by Sketchetik Fill.

In 2013, he published Tushi (an attractive brush face), Savu (hand-lettered) and Sini Bold and Sini Ornaments (poster faces).

Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hugo Cavalheiro d'Alte

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.

Cargo collective link. Link at Underware. Alternate URL: This is playtime.

His typefaces:

  • For Thirstype, he made Kaas (2005), a blackletter face for the 21st century, with Latin, Cyrillic, and Hebrew alphabets.
  • Still in 2009, he created a transitional type, Rolland (+Rolland Text, Rolland Small, Rolland Text Italic), about which he writes: Rolland is a digital interpretation of some of the printing types used at the "Typografia Rollandiana" in Lisbon at the end of the XVIII century. The printing and publishing house was established by Francisco Rolland after he moved to Lisbon (from France) in the second half of the XVIII century becoming one of the most successful publishers of his time.
  • Kalevala (2009): a custom sans type family for Finnish jewelry brand Kalevala Koru. The starting point for this project was a book printed and published by Francisco Rolland in 1797: "Escolha das Melhores Novellas e Contos Moraes; Escritos em Francez por MM, d'Arnaud, Marmontel, Madama de Gomez, e outros".
  • In 2009-2010, he made a DIN-like corporate font for Centro Portugues de Design, CPD Sans. This was accompanied by the CPDSerif family, which evolved from Rolland.
  • In 2009, he created the squarish unicase face Flexibility: Custom typeface commissioned by the portuguese design studio R2 for the identity of an exhibition that took place in Torino (Italy) in 2008 (World Design Capital 2008).
  • Kaas (2005, Incubator) is a modern geometric/constructed blackletter with a historically-accurate set of titling capitals, a large collection of accents, and Cyrillic and Hebrew alphabets.
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hurme Design
[Toni Hurme]

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.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Inselfonts

Inselfonts is Andreas Saari (or Andreas Finn) in Finland. They published the free grunge face Andreus (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

iQs Partners Finland

Free code 128 barcode TrueType font. Check also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ISO 8859-1

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:

  • 8859-1 Europe, Latin America
  • 8859-2 Eastern Europe
  • 8859-3 SE Europe
  • 8859-4 Scandinavia (mostly covered by 8859-1 also)
  • 8859-5 Cyrillic
  • 8859-6 Arabic
  • 8859-7 Greek
  • 8859-8 Hebrew
  • 8859-9 Latin5, same as 8859-1 except for Turkish instead of Icelandic
  • 8859-10 Latin6, for Eskimo/Scandinavian languages
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Jaakko Suomalainen

Type designer at Helsinki Type Studio. In 2011, he codesigned the sans typeface Relevant Regular with Niklas Ekholm. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Sandvik

Designer (Pietarsaari, Finland) of the sans face Lagom Sans (2004), River (2006, a serif with lively slightly random edges), and Huckleberry (2005, Western face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jani Paavola
[Cloud9 Type Dept]

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Janne Anonymous

Finnish creator of the fat finger typeface James Jeans (2012) and the textured typeface Dotted Newspaper (2012). In 2013, she made Mia's Greetings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jarno Lukkarila
[Typolar (was: Jarno Lukkarila Type Foundry, or: Format Design)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jenni Ahonen

Finnish student who graduated in 2007 from the University of Reading, where she designed Ilona, an informal rounded-serif face designed for children's books. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jere Paajanen

Helsinki-based designer who made a cute paper type out of crinkled sheets (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

jere347

Finnish FontStructor who made Coffee (2012), jere347 (2012, squarish) and jere123 (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jesperi Virtanen

Finnish graphic design student in the UK. Creator of various experimental typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jesse Juup
[Cosmonaut Fonts]

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JL-types Ky
[Juhani Lehtiranta]

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
[Fonticon]

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Juha Korhonen

Juha Korhonen (b. 1966, aka Junkohanhero) is a Finnish artist and type designer, who created these free fonts:

  • In 2006: Tasapainoaisti (grunge), Type-Ra (old typewriter), 60 Sekuntia (grunge), Waving My Arms in the Air (dingbats), Cold Night for Alligators (grunge), Shangri-La (handwriting), Horros, How Can I Organize My Garage?, They're coming to take me away, Hullunkruunu (grunge), Liitu (grunge), Snakepit (dings), In My Head (grunge), FCockroach (grunge), 3-2-1 Jungbats (which includes a Deux Chevaux!), Aamunkoi (handwriting), Not now, I have a headache!, Kulminoituva, Kallot (skeleton dingbats), Ummagumma (handwriting), finitimusiungo, jungodingbats, Junkos Typewriter (almost a ransom note font), notakangaroo (handwriting), Minenookenguru, ympyroity.
  • In 2007: 215000E, 6000km, Gubben-I-L, Hevonen, Horros, IKHIOOGLA2, IKHIOOGLA3, IKHIOOGLAcow, IKHIOOGLAone, IKHIOOGLAwithout, Postinkantaja-Job (ransom note face), They're-coming-to-take-me-away, Typenoksidi, Jungobungo (ransom note), Nollapistet (grunge), VieraskirjanPeto (skull dingbats), Maksukehoitus (white on black), Avain (dingbats of keys), Pink Bazooka, Phorssa (ransom note), Bones (pirate font), 215000EURO (ransom note), DINGDONG (dingbats including a 2CV), CKAS (tape dingbats), JoskusEi (grunge), Puoli-ihminen, Zupagargonizer, ZupagargonizerT, Puoli Ihminen (handprinted), Polla (a great scratchy ink stain lettering font in the style of Treefrog), Wahroonga, Tienpaalla (traffic signs), Typenoksidi (old typewriter), Pozo, Pozotwo, Pozothree, Pozofour (Kafkaesque). He also made the dingbats Avain, Tajunnan-tuolla-puolen (movie dingbats), Vieraskirjan-Peto, Payday (white on black).
  • In 2008: Melkein Aito Kopio (tool dingbats), Znort3000 (white on black grungy typewriter), Oravanpyörä (white on black outline face), Ellet Niin (ransom note face), Kuusinollakahdeksan (ransom note font), Aikasiirtyma, Jadefedga08, Jadefedgah80, Jadefedgah8002 (all ransom note fonts), Jormadorka (more ransom notes), Maaliskuu (handwriting), PajaRaja, Aikasiirtyma, Bugghet.
  • In 2009: Tarkistatiedot, Bugebol, Harmaa Perkele (grungy outline face), Huomenna (grunge outline), Betelgeuse (handprinted), Merkurius (more grungy outlines), GhundZiliag, Laboratoriokoira (grunge), PolviHumppilasanoo.
  • In 2010: Tammikuunkolmas, Kosminentaustasateily (old typewriter), SinisenharmaaPerkele, Osasto329suljettu.
  • In 2011: 19000paarmaa, Tunnepinta, Vuosivuodelta (grunge).

Dafont link. Old URL. Additional URL. Font Squirrel link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juhani Lehtiranta
[JL-types Ky]

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Juho Hiilivirta

Type designer at Helsinki Type Studio. In 2012, he created the sans family Mogul. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juho Hiilivirta

Designer in Helsinki, who created Tutankhamono (2012), a monospaced typeface family.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jukka Aalto on font editors

Jukka Aalto, aka "Armadillo" comments from the font design trenches. Here are bits and pieces.

  • About Ikarus: I've used Ikarus about 10 years ago and it has probably evolved a lot. At that time digitizing was much better method for transferring hand drawn characters into digital outlines than scanning and autotracing, probably still is, but Ikarus produced really crappy Type1 fonts. Cleaning up the paths in Fontographer was a must. [...] Ikarus was used at least at Monotype and I remember reading an interview of Adobe's designer Carolyn Twombly in which she talked about making drawings for Ikarus.
  • About Fontlab: Fontlab is probably the best commercially available. After aquiring Fontographer they implemented it's drawing tools and layer system into FontLab. The only features that were better in Fontographer. FontLab can be very confusing at first, especially all the OpenType features but on the other hand it can take care of many settings automatically.
  • About DTL FontMaster: If you purchase the whole set of Masters it will set you back 2038.50 dollars. Compared to 229.10 dollars (Fontographer / FontLab upgrade) it is very expensive. Although FontLab don't have all the features that The Masters have it probably has better value for the money.
  • About Fontographer: Small foundries use Fontographer for sure. This explains the sometimes poor technical quality and incorrect naming of PC fonts. FontFont, Emigre, HTF, just to name a few.
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Jukka Korpela
[Tutorial on character codes]

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Jukka Virkkunen

Finland-born and Londrina, Brazil-based designer of Oliveira's Neon (2013), a FontStruct typeface that was inspired by neon signs from the 1920s. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julia Sysmäläinen
[Juliasys]

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Juliasys
[Julia Sysmäläinen]

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.

In 2012, Julia published the beautiful handwriting font ALS SyysScript at Art Lebedev Studio.

As Juliasys, Julia Sysmäläinen published the semmi-serif Latin / Cyrillic / Greek typeface family Mir (2013).

Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jungmyung Lee

Type designer at Helsinki Type Studio. In 2012, he created Bastard Semibold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juraj Sukop
[Typism]

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Jussi Ahola

During his studies at Kookmin University in South Korea, Tampere, Finland-based Jussi Ahola created the full hangul typeface Jangul (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jussi Jokinen

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]  ⦿

Jussi Pakkanen

Designer of the free comic book face Nibby (2010, Open Font Library). Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jürgen F. Schopp

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:

  • Gotisch: e.g., Cloister Black, Engravers Old English, Manuskript-Gotisch, Weiß-Gotisch, Wilhelm-Klingspor-Schrift.
  • Rundgotisch: e.g., Rhapsody, Weiß-Rundgotisch, Wallau.
  • Schwabacher: e.g., Alte Schwabacher.
  • Fraktur: e.g., Kanzlei fett, Neue Luther-Fraktur, Zentenar-Fraktur, Unger-Fraktur, Walbaum-Fraktur.
  • Frakturvarianten: e.g., American Text.
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Jyri Konttinen

Finnish designer of the futuristic face Utopy (T-26, 2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kai Rentola

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

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]  ⦿

Kira Aimo

Graphic designer in Helsinki, who created the display typeface Airon (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Klassifikation der Druckschriften

From the University of Tampere, Finland, Jürgen F. Schopp's list of type classifiactions. In German. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Klaus Haapaniemi

Finnish designer with Tomi Haaparanta and Brian Kaszonyi of the 15-font War family in 1999-2000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kokoro & Moi

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koneisto

Finnish Flash font site. Has the "Koneisto" typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristoffer Lindqvist
[Tsampa.org]

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Kunihiko Okano
[Shotype]

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Lanston Type Co
[Gerald Giampa]

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:

  • LTC Archive Ornaments (2014, Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).
  • Artscript (2 style+OT).
  • Bodoni 26 (1 style).
  • Bodoni Bold (4 styles).
  • LTC Bodoni 175 (by Sol Hess; with help in 2006 by Paul Hunt. This is supposed to be a Bodoni revival true to the original.).
  • LTC Broadway (by Sol Hess).
  • Californian (8 styles + OT).
  • Caslon (12 styles+OT).
  • Christmas (5 styles).
  • Cloister in 11 styles, including LTC Cloister Light Swash, LTC Cloister Bold, LTC Cloister Light, LTC Cloister Oldstyle, and LTC Cloister Swash.
  • Deepdene (9 styles).
  • LTC Creepy Ornaments (2006).
  • Deepdene Bold (2 styles).
  • Figures (1 style).
  • Flash (1 style).
  • Fleurons Granjon (1 style).
  • Fleurons Garamont (1 style).
  • Fleurons Rogers (1 styles).
  • Forum Titling (1 style).
  • LTC Fournier le Jeune, a decorative all caps combines the font designed by Simon Fournier for the Peignot Foundry in 1768 with a more elaborate "Vogue Initials" caps offered by ATF in the 1920s.
  • Garamont (12 styles).
  • Globe Gothic (3 styles).
  • LTC Glamour was originally released by Lanston Monotype in 1948. It is based on Corvinus, designed by Imre Reiner. P22 designer Colin Kahn has added some unusual variants.
  • LTC Goudy Extras (50 ornaments).
  • Goudy Handtooled (2 styles).
  • Goudy Heavyface (2 styles + OT).
  • Goudy Initials (1 style).
  • Goudy Oldstyle Family (7 styles + OT).
  • Goudy Sans: Goudy Sans Bold was originally designed by Fredric Goudy in 1922 as a less formal "gothic" and finished in 1929. The light was designed in 1930 and the Light Italic in 1931. Colin Kahn digitized them in 2006 to make a 6-style Goudy Sans family at P22/Lanston, which includes a Goudy Sans Hairline.
  • Goudy Text (2 styles+OT).
  • Goudy Thirty (2 styles).
  • Hadriano (1 style).
  • Halloween Ornaments (1 style).
  • Hess Monoblack (1 style).
  • LTC Italian Old Style (2007, by Paul Hunt, after Goudy Italian Oldstyle, 1924). Remastered in 2011 by Paul Grieshaber as LTC Italian Old Style Pro: LTC Italian Old Style is not to be confused with the English Monotype font also called "Italian Old Style", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type that is based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Goudy went back to Jenson's original Roman and other Renaissance Roman faces for his inspiration and the result is what many consider to be the best Renaissance face adapted for modern use. Bruce Rogers was one of the biggest admirers of Italian Old Style and designed the original specimen book for Italian Old Style in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement. These ornaments are now contained in the pro versions of the Roman styles- Regular Pro and Light Pro.
  • Jacobean Initials (8 styles).
  • Jefferson Gothic (1 style).
  • LTC Jenson Oldstyle was designed by J. W. Phinney of the Dickinson Type Foundry in 1893 and is based on Morris's Golden Typeface. This remastered set features a true italic based on the 1893 ATF italic version as well as a newly digitized Jenson Regular (P22) and Jenson Heavyface (P22) based on Phinney's design of 1899.
  • Kaatskill (the Italic was completed by Jim Rimmer).
  • Kennerley (9 styles+OT).
  • Metropolitan (4 styles+OT).
  • LTC Law Italic.
  • Nicolas Cochin (2 styles+OT).
  • LTC Obelysk Grotesk, a reconsrtruction of Sol Hess's Spire (1937) (digital versions first by Gerald Giampa and then bu Colin Kahn).
  • Octic Gothic (2 styles).
  • Ornaments 1 (1 style).
  • Ornaments 2 (1 style+OT).
  • Ornaments 3 (1 style).
  • Ornaments Animalia (1 style).
  • LTC Ornamental Initials. These are floriated caps.
  • Pabst (1 style), Pabst Italic.
  • Powell (2 styles).
  • Remington Typewriter (2 styles+OT).
  • Spire (1 style).
  • LTC Squareface (Sol Hess).
  • Swing Bold (1 style).
  • Twentieth Century (2 styles+OT).
  • LTC Tourist Gothic (Sol Hess).
  • Village #2 (4 styles + OT).
  • Vine Leaves (1 style).
  • Water Garden Ornaments (11 styles).

Fonts can be purchased from MyFonts where all fonts have the prefix LTC. Obituary of Giampa and links to obituaries.

Catalog of the Lanston typeface library. View the typefaces designed by Lanston. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lari Elovainio

Finnish hieroglyphologist who lives in Helsinki. Creator of A Stressed Sans (2006), a sans display face not unlike Peignot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauri Alku
[Euroset Oy--Xxpress Oy (or: Vektorointi Lauri Alku)]

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Lauri Paatero
[Type1OS2]

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Lauri Saarni

Finnish graphic and identity designer. Creator of the (free) handwriting font My Hand Fights (2005). Dafont link. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauri Toikka

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 Toikka and Florian set up the design studio and typefoundry Schick Toikka with classmate Florian Schick in Berlin.

Typefaces:

  • 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.
  • Noe Display (2013, Schick Toikka). Characterized by high contrast and sharp triangular serifs.
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Linus Vuorio

Helsinki-based art director and graphic designer. He created a few typefaces, probably on commission. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludwig Type
[Ludwig Übele]

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:

  • The extensive serif family Marat, a winner in the TDC2 2008 competition. Its 9 styles can be bought here.
  • In 2008, he published Mokka, a subdued serif family with Zapfian influences (lower case "a"). [Do not confuse it with Mokka, Fidel Peugeot's script font from many years earlier---I wonder how Uebele got the Mokka trademark, quite impressive that oversight by the trademark office].
  • Augustin (2004). A renaissance face inspired by the type of Nicolas Jenson made in Venice in 1470.
  • Helsinki. A sans based on Finnish traffic signs---has a hairline weight, and a gorgeous Fat weight. Helsinki 2.0 was published in 2013.
  • Mediana. A custom face based on Franklin Gothic.
  • NewTaste. Commissioned by McDonald's.
  • Walhalla (2008) is a strong and bold uncial family inspired by uncial letters of the Czech type designer Oldrich Menhardt, made in 1948.
  • Daisy (2010) is an artsy ultra-fat vogue magazine style display face, best shown in pink. It won an award at TDC2 2011.
  • Tundra (2010, FontFont) is a narrow low-contrast small-text type family that was also awarded at TDC2 2011.
  • Daphne Script (2013) based on Georg Salden's Daphne.

View Ludwig Übele's typefaces. A list of Ludwig Übele's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ludwig Übele
[Ludwig Type]

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Lukas Lundin

Finnish designer of the handwriting font Luxorian Adv (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Markus Itkonen

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]  ⦿

Markus Schröppel

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:

  • LL Liberte (2013). a rough stencil typeface based on railway stencils seen in Arles, France.
  • LL Lisa (2013). A Cyrillic sans.
  • LL Faces (2013).
  • LL Rounded (2012).
  • LL Charlotte
  • LLChina (2009): a grunge stencil face.
  • LLTippa (2009): old typewriter.
  • LL Pochoir (2007, grunge).
  • The dingbats font LL Hulu Poro (verrucktes Renntier) presented at FUSE95.
  • LL Faktotum (1995, grunge). Download here.
  • LL Humboldt (2012). A grungy signposting or poster face.
  • LL Record (2002-2006): music dingbats.
  • LL Medien (2004): extra-wide rounded techno face.
  • Dafont link where one can freely download LL Nitro (2013, grunge), LL Futur (2013), LL Pearl (2013), LL Pixel, LL Pikseli (2009, dotted face, done with Rovaniemen Yliopisto), LL Rubber Grotesque (grunge, letterpress simulation, and/or rubber stamp font originally done in 1997), LL Regular (grunge), LL Cooper (2009, sketched face based on Cooper Black) and LL Alarm (roughened stencil face). LL Rubber Grotesque has been used in the Harry Potter films since 2005: see here.
  • The typefaces for the interior of Smart cars (Smart Roadster) and the exterior of the Smart 4-4 and 4-2 (see here).
  • LL Xmas (2012, stitching font) and LL Dot (2012, dot matrix face).
In October 2007, he organized a Type Workshop in Rovaniemi. At that workshop, his students made a number of typefaces: Väinö Klemola, Siru Lämsä, Mika Junna, Merja Lahti, Lena Raeuchle, Kalle-Pekka Alare, Jussi-Pekka Koivisto, Heidi Ettanen, Hanna Piekkola, Hanna Kauppinen, Esa-Pekka Niemi, Elisa Niemelä, Elina Virtanen, Emile Uggla, Antti Huhtala. This was followed by similar workshops in 2008 and 2009. Type glossary.

http://www.dafont.com/markus-schroppel.d1142">Dafont link. Old download link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matti Ylä-Mäihäniemi

Helsinki-based creator of a constructivist typeface that is based on a font of Manfred Klein. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meo

Finnish creator of Scrrrabbble (2007).

Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Metropoli

Small Finnish font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miiro Seppänen

Lahti, Finland-based graphic designer who studied package&graphic design at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in 2010. Creator of the fat finger face MKHarakanvarpaat (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mika Melvas

Finnish foundry, est. 2011. Mika created the signage faces Signalist (2012), Santeli (2012), Delisia (2011), Belinda (2011) and Suti (2011).

Ringa (2011) is a fun extra bold slab serif face. Alina (2012) is a connected fifties-style signage typeface. Saline (2012) is an angular brush script typeface.

Typefaces from 2013: Riona Sans.

Typefaces from 2014: Roihu (a monoline sans typeface family with a large x-height and very open counters; its 16 styles and opentype features make it ideal for scientific publications).

Klingspor link. Behance link.

View Mike Melvas's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mikael Kivelä

Helsinki-based graphic designer. Designer of this restaurant logo face (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikko Heino

Finnish designer and illustrator who made the display face Klang (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikko Nuuttila

Typographer and graphic designer in Lappeenranta, Finland. He created the free sans typefaces Sumu (2013) and Anson (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Minority languages of Russia on the Net
[Esa Anttikoski]

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

  • Eurasian fonts for Bashkir, Buryat, Chuvash, Kalmyk and Tatar (Cyrillic): Bookman Eurasian, Chancery Eurasian, Gothic Eurasian, Mono Eurasian, Palladio Eurasian, Roman Eurasian, Sans Eurasian, Sans Condensed Eurasian, Schoolbook Eurasian. The original fonts were created by URW++, the Cyrillic part by Valek Filippov, and were modified by Esa Anttikoski. These fonts can be distributed and modified freely in accordance with the GNU General Public License.
  • Kildin fonts for the Kildin Saami dialect: Bookman Kildin, Mono Kildin, Roman Kildin, Sans Kildin.
  • Mansi fonts for the Mansi language: Schoolbook Mansi.
  • Paleoasian fonts for Chukchi, Eskimo, Itelmen, Ket, Koryak and Nivkh: ER Bukinist Paleoasian, ER Univers Paleoasian.
  • Sakha fonts for Dolgan and Yakut: Bookman Sakha, Chancery Sakha, Gothic Sakha, Mono Sakha, Palladio Sakha, Roman Sakha, Sans Sakha, Sans Condensed Sakha, Schoolbook Sakha.
  • Sayan-Altai fonts for Altai, Khakas and Shor: Chancery Sayan-Altai, Roman Sayan-Altai, Schoolbook Sayan-Altai.
  • Uralic fonts for Altai, Khanty, Komi, Mari, Nenets, Selkup and Udmurt: Bookman Uralic, Chancery Uralic, Gothic Uralic, Mono Uralic, Palladio Uralic, Roman Uralic, Sans Uralic, Sans Condensed Uralic, Schoolbook Uralic, Zagadka.
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Morganismi
[Heikki Morgan Hämäläinen]

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.

Typefaces from 2013: However (ransom note font), Alph Deco (art deco outline font), Seriffi Morgan (an antiqued roman typeface).

Typefaces from 2014: Snow Now.

View the typefaces made by Morganismi. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Finnish typefaces

View a selection of Finnish typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Niklas Ekholm
[Helsinki Type Studio]

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Nils Kajander

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
[Tor Lillqvist]

OCR-A was coded in METAFONT84 by Tor Lillqvist, VTT/ATK (Technical Research Centre of Finland, Computing Services). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oleg Dark Pastor Martos

Oleg Martos (Finland) created the Cyrillic fonts 1979, Braeside, Crackman, Paul Boxes, as well as Cyrillic versions of YellowSubmarine, SirClive and Abduction. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olli Pekka Miettinen

Miettinen (from Vantaa, Finland, a graduate of the University of Helsinki) extended and completed the gorgeous ITC Mendoza Roam series in 2006. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olli Tervo

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]  ⦿

Osmo Niemi

Aha, what a wonderful chiseled angular semi-handwriting font, SchnitzLL (1994), by this Finnish designer.

Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ossi Gustafsson
[Hiekka Graphics]

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Pol Solsona

Pol Solsona (Sabadell, Catalunya, and Helsinki, Finland) created the experimental typeface Fuck Stereotypes (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Prashant Coakley

Prashant Coakley's graduation project in Helsinki was Badomtilia (2013), a script font for an endangered Indian language. It has a latin component as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riitta Brusila

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

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]  ⦿

Ritzy Spacedweller
[rzy-- SD Fonts]

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Rovaniemen Yliopisto

Codesigner, with Markus Schröppel of LL Pikseli (2009), a dot matrix face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

rzy-- SD Fonts
[Ritzy Spacedweller]

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.

Alternate URL. Could his real name be Kauko Mieli? Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saames

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]  ⦿

Sakke Soini

Finnish graphic designer in Helsinki. Behance link. Creator of Cthulhentai (2010), an elaborate all-caps face with tattoo and jewelry influences. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saku Hämeenlinna

Finnish type designer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Saku Heinänen
[Typografi]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sami Kortemäki

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]  ⦿

Sami Kuosmanen

Graphic designer in Helsinki, b. 1981. He created the experimental typeface KSM BDN (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sami Laitala

Zigan Trad Okudeska is a Klingon language font, copyright ZLI Sami Laitala (1996). Created by Sami Laitala from Finland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sampo Kaasila

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.

Linkedin link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sara Vrbinc

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).

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Schick Toikka

German/Finnish design studio and typefoundry in Berlin, est. 2012 by Florian Schick and Lauri Toikka, two KABK graduates. Their typefaces:

  • Noe Display (2013, Lauri Toikka). Characterized by high contrast and sharp triangular serifs.
  • Trio Grotesk (2011, Florian Schick). A revival of the warm rounded sans typeface Kaart Antieke (1909, Piet Zwart) which was also published by Bold Monday.
  • Custom typefaces from 2012-2013: Nrgm Grotesk (for a Finnish online music magazine), Rapala (for a fishing and outdoor equipment company), Ylioppilaslehti (Finnish university magazine), Ghostwriter Mono (a monospaced rounded sans for the visual identity of the content creation agency Mrs. Muir & Ghostwriters), Zeitschrift der Straße (headline type for a street mag in Bremen, Germany), Tapio Grotesk (for Tapio Anttila's visual identity).
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Seko Idiootti

Finnish creator of the grungy Angsterdamn (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shotype
[Kunihiko Okano]

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.

In 2012, he won the Gold Prize in the Kanji category of the Morisawa Type Design Competition for Waran. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simo Kinnunen
[Cufon]

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Stane

Tampere, Finland-based designer, b. 1978. Home page. Creator of the irregular handwriting faces Stane Round, Stane Fast and Stane One (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve Bird
[Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated]

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Suomen Kalligrafia Yhdistys

Suomen Kalligrafia Yhdistys is the Finnish calligraphic society. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Suomen typografinen atlas 1642–1827

Massive, two-volume atlas of Finnish typography edited by Anna Perälä, published at Helsinki: Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto, 2000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Suomi Type Foundry
[Tomi Haaparanta]

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:

  • Typefaces from 2013: Abandon (a basic sans family), This (a rounded family), Abiding (slab serif).
  • Typefaces from 2012: SciFly (a free rounded sans commissioned by Flyerzone).
  • Typefaces from 2011: Tow (a headline font family), Grumpy Black (Black 24 is based on the headline face ITC Grouch (1970, Tom Carnase), and the other styles are increasingly of higher contrast).
  • Creations in 2010: Tenner (very plump and round, good for signage), Tart Heavy (fat slabs to drool over), That (a display family, +Open, +Irregular, +Bold), Thud (an industrial belt octagonal/mechanical family), Steelworks (a sturdy mechanical sans), Taste This (sans family), Telltale, Titillation (rounded), Tide (connected script emulating ink flow), Taffee (narrow sans), Televisio, Tournedot (a very cute and lively semi-serif headline face), Tempest, Tristan (hand-printed), Cider Script, Toffee Script (after an art nouveau face called Regina Cursive). Tonsure Script (a high-contrast connected script), Ticketbook (for movie posters), Suomi Sans (a family with special counters).
  • Creations in 2009: Tar (rounded sans family), Marimekko (a slab family for a Finnish clothing company, adapted from its 1954 Olivetti typewriter roots), Vektori (monoline octagonal), Kaapeli (Tomi's take on Kabel), Suomi Slab Serif (related to American Typewriter), Marimekko Sans, Tee Franklin (gothic sans family, made for The British Vogue---check out the light weight), Tobacco (octagonal, based on drawing program emulation), Pannartz (based on a scan of a 1476 text by Sweynheim&Pannartz), Suomi Hand (FontShop), That (4-weight serif family), Talbot (connected script patterned after the Talbot car logo), Taint (modular ink trap face), Tailor (slab serif), Tink, Tale 40, Tale 20, Story 40, Story 20 (all pixel fonts), Tictac (a 3D face), Giro (done on purpose to mimic the ugly Giro d'Italia geometric logo font), Tame (rounded sans), Suomi Script, Explosion (grunge).
  • Creations in 2007: Caxton Script (blackletter).
  • At ITC: ITC Tetra (2005, squarish face), ITC Tomism (2005, modeled after Church Slavonic), ITC Tyke (2004, a take on Cooper Black).
  • At Psy-Ops: Temporal, Torus.
  • At T-26: Talmud (1998, faux Hebrew), TyrantRoman (1998, an Exocet-style face, T-26), Tumbler, Torino-Book, Tonic, Terylene, Tension, Teebone, Task-Toobig, Target (2004), Tantalus, Aged (1999), and Taper (2009, slab serif), the experimental sans families Target Recut (2004).
  • At FUSE: FutuRoman (FUSE95).
  • Tang (2004, an anti-inkbleed sans family done for very small point sizes).
  • At Agfa Creative Alliance: Tangerine, Teethreedee, Twinkle.
  • With Klaus Haapaniemi and Brian Kaszonyi: the 15-font War family in 1999-2000.
  • At Linotype: TeebrushPaint LT Std (2003).
  • Game (family).
  • Tubby.

Dafont link.

View Tomi Haaparanta's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Suvi Häkkinen

Finnish student-artist, b. 1989. She created the ABC typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tatiana G. Evreinova

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]  ⦿

Teemu Ollikainen

Type designer at Typolar in Helsinki, together with Jarno Lukkarila and Saku Heinänen. Teemu is a graphic designer in Helsinki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Teo Tuominen

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]  ⦿

Tero Kivinen

Finnish designer of the bitmap font Sshlinedraw (Tero Kivinen and SSH Communications Security Oy, linedrawing characters for VT100 terminal, 1997). He also discussed 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), Sylfaen (Microsoft, 1999). All of these fonts are basically Unicode for all European languages, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, basic mathematics, and Greek. But the site disappeared. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The European Computer Modern Fonts

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]  ⦿

Timo Klaavo

Helsinki-based designer of a half Western half-faux hebrew face that one can see here (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tomi Haaparanta
[Suomi Type Foundry]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Toni Halonen

Graphic designer in Helsinki, who designed the display typeface Aalto (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Toni Hurme
[Hurme Design]

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Tor Lillqvist
[OCR-A: Tor Lillqvist]

[More]  ⦿

Tsampa.org
[Kristoffer Lindqvist]

Tibetan software and fonts by Kristoffer Lindqvist. He created the free Tsampa Keyboard Font (2003) and is working on the Tsampa Classic typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tuija Kuusela

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
[Jukka Korpela]

Jukka Korpela's great tutorial on character codes. Latin1 subpage. Jukka Korpela wrote Unicode Explained (O'Reilly). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tuukka Paikkari

Designer of Funky&Bould (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tuukka Savolainen

Finnish designer at FontStruct in 2008 of Solly. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type1OS2
[Lauri Paatero]

Free utility to extract font information from type 1 fonts, written by Lauri Paatero. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typism
[Juraj Sukop]

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
[Saku Heinänen]

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:

  • The elegant elliptical sans family Vinkel (2010, Typolar).
  • Freya and Freya Display (2012, Village). Freya is dated in 2010 at Incubator, where one can purchase the typeface.
  • Fjodor. A sans family still in the works in 2012.
  • Yle (2012). The Yle font family is designed and produced exclusively for Yle, The Finnish Broadcasting Company, and will become available for general licensing in 2014.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Typolar (was: Jarno Lukkarila Type Foundry, or: Format Design)
[Jarno Lukkarila]

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.

His type families, most of which start with an extreme hairline weight.

  • Xtra Sans: this won an award at TDC2 2007.
  • In 2009, he finally published his 66-style Egyptian family Tanger Serif. Images: Medium Heavy, Narrow, Wide Ultra light.
  • Calypso E (2010, E for Egyptian): a slab serif. Calypso I (2010, I for Italian) is a Victorian face.
  • Vinkel (Typolar) was not designed by Lukkarila---it is a mini-slab serif family by Saku Heinänen.
  • Altis (2011, Typolar). A readable sans family from Hairline to Black---ideal for information design.

    Typefaces from 2013 include the extensive Neuvos family. He writes about this small-serifed large-x-height family: Its large x-height, vertical stress and snug serifs make Neuvos an upfront and tough headliner. Although it has a hard-boiled cover, one can find hints of noble Transitional type like Baskerville underneath. Neuvos assures in editorial work and brings its Frutiger inherent calmness into branding or even signage systems.

    IN 2014, he designed Walmer Marker (for signage applications).

Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Underware

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 2004, they published the comic book / signage family Bello, which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.

In 2005, Underware joined the type coop Village.

In 2006, they published Fakir, a blackletter family with Hindi inspirations. Fakir won an award at TDC2 2007.

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).

MyFonts interview.

View Underware's typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Unicode ISO 8859

Description of character sets.

  • 8859-1 Europe, Latin America (Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, German, Galician, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.)
  • 8859-2 Eastern Europe
  • 8859-3 SE Europe
  • 8859-4 Scandinavia (mostly covered by 8859-1 also)
  • 8859-5 Cyrillic
  • 8859-6 Arabic
  • 8859-7 Greek
  • 8859-8 Hebrew
  • 8859-9 Latin5, same as 8859-1 except for Turkish instead of Icelandic
  • 8859-10 Latin6, for Eskimo/Scandinavian languages
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Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated
[Steve Bird]

Experimental fonts developed by Steve (Stephen) Bird (aka Stehvelo), a Brit who has lived over 30 years near Helsinki. Direct download. The fonts:

  • Spyroclassic (2007): geometric text font. Its partner is Spyrogeometric (2007, avant-garde style).
  • Pixel faces: S64.
  • Display faces: Newsiren (2007), Spike (2007), Sfilth (2007), Santiako (2007, ultra-geometric sans), siren4 (2000), Splekta (2012, grotesk).
  • Scanbats: Stampere
  • Unicase: Bayer (2002, aka Sbayer), Chic (2002, aka Sheek).
  • Paperclip faces: Kaapeli (2002), Scable
  • Stencil faces: Sblock
  • Disturbing the *** fonts: Stratford (2007, an angular face designed on the basis the 2012 Olympics logo face by Gareth Hague), Snevil (2007, a sans based on Neville Brody's work for FACE: upper case and lower case letters of the same size).
  • Nice text faces: Smerkan (2007, his best face), Snidane (2007).
  • Rubber stamp fonts: Stamp
  • Experimental: Strzeminski (2007, a decorative futuristic font with two baselines, after a 1932 original by Jan Strzeminski).
  • Other: Slimbits (2014), Schalk (2012, chalky), Splekta (2012, grotesk sans), Pyoro (2002, a geometrical sans), Pyoroblur-Bold (2007), SBHandRegular (2007), Shrbitov (2012, based on letters seen on a memorial in Prague).
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Van Saarland
[Yautja]

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Vesa Kautto
[abstra.type.design]

[More]  ⦿

Vesa Rantanen

The Finnish Law Institute logo (2011) is cleverly designed by Vesa Rantanen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vesa Riste

Design student in Helsinki. He created some logo typefaces in 2011: Hollabak is a graffiti and Asian look face made for the Wu-Tang Clan; Laser Beam is a multiline face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vilja Achté

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]  ⦿

Ville Salervo

Designer born in Kotka, Finland in 1979. He made a Bauhaus-style font in 2002. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Werklig

Helsinki-based design studio. Creators of the display sans typeface Altai (2014). This is a bespoke typeface for the Altai glass series, designed by Finnish designer Mari Isopahkala.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

WSOY

Free fonts Helvetica-EX, Times-EX (1992), with character extensions for Finnish (the Muunnettu Times). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yautja
[Van Saarland]

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: Starast Maxi, Starast Next, Lugar, Siquid (dot matrix face), 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).

Typefaces from 2014: Techsyna (sci-fi), Rezonans (piano key style), Modern Vision, Trideko Display (multilined typeface), Xeometro (octagonal), Verbica, Megalith (a great black slab), Calibro.

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Zenga Nsuku

Helsinki-based creator of the 3d blocky typeface Isometric Grid (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿