[Lucas de Groot]
FontFabrik was established in 1997 in Berlin by Luc(as) de Groot (b. 1962, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands). He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag, worked from 1989-1993 as a freelancer at the design bureau Premsela Voonk. From 1993 until 1997, he was with Meta Design in Berlin as typographic director in charge of many corporate design projects. In 1997, he set up his own studio, FontFabrik. Since 2000 his fonts are also sold under the Lucasfonts label. He creates retail and custom fonts, and made his reputation with his humongous font family Thesis. Originally, he published most of his retail fonts with FontFont, but his "FF" fonts were withdrawn from FontFont in 1999, and renamed with LF instead of FF, where LF stands for LucasFonts. Here is a partial list of his fonts:
- Thesis (1994-1999) originally known as FF Thesis. This consists of many subfamilies all starting with the prefix The. Thesis includes TheAntiquaB (1997; 1999 Type Directors Club award), TheAntiquaE, TheAntiquaSun [TheAntiqua received a TypeArt 05 award], TheSans, The Sans Classic, The Sans Basic, The Sans Office, TheMix, The Mix Classic, The Mix Basic, The Mix Office, TheSerif, The Serif Classic, The Serif Basic, The Serif Office, The Sans Condensed, Thesis Mono, The Sans Mono, The Sans Mono Dc, The Sans Mono 11pitch, The Sans Mono Cd Office, The Sans Typewriter. An OEM was made for the SPD party called SPD 2002 TheSans. Grundfos TheSans (2007) is another commissioned font.
- FF Nebulae, now LF Nebulae.
- FF Jesus Loves You all, now LF Jesus Loves You all.
- FF TheSansMono and others.
- MoveMeMM (erotic multiple master font)
- Agrofont (1997, for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries), Agro Sans, developed in collaboration with the Dutch design bureau Studio Dumbar.
- Fohla Serif (2001, for a Brazilian newspaper in Sao Paulo: this collection includes a multiple master font, FohlaMM).
- Spiegel and SpiegelSans (for Der Spiegel). Alkso called LF Spiegel Sans and LF Spiegel Serif. The Sans comes from Franklin Gothic, and the Serif from Linotype Roitation.
- Sun (1997, for Sun Microsystems).
- Taz (sans family, 2002), Taz III (2003, including a hairline weight) and Taz Text (for "taz", the magazine). Are these the same fonts as Tazzer and Tazzer Text? Taz has grown as fopllows: TazText, Taz CFondensed (2010), Taz Text Small Caps (2011), Taz Wide (2013-2014), Taz Textended (2013-2014).
- LucPicto (dingbats for private use at FontFabrik). Not available to the world.
- Volkswagen Headline and Volkswagen Copy (1996), extensions of Futura. Note: the other Volkswagen house font is VW Utopia, a descendant of Utopia.
- Rondom (finished in the LF Punten family: Punten Straight, Punten Extremo and Punten Rondom).
- Corpid III (sans family, 2002-2007, with support now for Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish).
- BellSouth Basis, Serif and Bold, developed with Dutchman Roger van den Bergh.
- LeMonde (2002, new headline family). An OEM family made for LeMonde in 2001 includes Lucas-Bold, Lucas-BoldItalic, Lucas-ExtraLight, Lucas-ExtraLightItalic, Lucas-Italic, Lucas-Light, Lucas-LightItalic, Lucas-SemiBold, Lucas-SemiBoldItalic, Lucas.
- BolletjeWol (1997, Fontshop).
- Transit and Transit Pict (both at FontShop).
- MetaPlus (1993, with Erik Spiekermann).
- Calibri and Consolas (2004), two OpenType font families designed for Microsoft's ClearType project (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic glyphs). Calibri received a TypeArt 05 award. Also, it won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. For a yet-to-be-revealed reason, Google decided to support a metric-compatible free clone of Calibri for its Chrome OS system, Lukasz Dziedzic's Carlito (2014).
Speaker at many international conferences. At ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo, he spoke about his Folha Sao Paulo newspaper typeface.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Lucas de Groot's typefaces.
Klingspor Museum page
Commercial fonts (small outfits) ⦿
Type designers ⦿
Type designers ⦿
Erotic fonts ⦿
Monospaced fonts ⦿
Dutch type design ⦿
Very thin (hairline sans) typefaces ⦿
Cyrillic type design ⦿
Type design in Turkey ⦿
German type scene ⦿
Fonts for programming ⦿