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Soffi Beier

Sofie "Soffi" Beier graduated from Danmarks Designskole (The Danish School of Design) in 2000, and has since been working as a graphic designer, designing several Danish magazines, websites, books and CD covers along with a number of typefaces. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Art in the UK, with a thesis entitled Legibility and Visual Compensation of Typefaces. Sofie works in London and Copenhagen. She teaches at Danmarks Designskole.

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Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam on the subject of typeface legibility. Her talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled The voice of a typeface.

Author of Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility (2012).

Designer at Die Gestalten of Engel New Sans (2010), Engel New Serif, Pemba Script (2005, a connected 50s script), Engel (2005, 8-style sans family; Engel Light is free).

In 2011, she designed the rounded sans typeface family Ovink, which was only published in 2017 by The Northern Block. It was loosely inspired by Knud V. Engelhardt's work for the street signage, designed around the years 1926-27 for Gentofte in Denmark. Named after legibility expert Gerrit Willem Ovink, the family was designed for legibility at great distances based on research published by Beier in Beier, S.&Larson, K. (2010): "Design Improvements for Frequently Misrecognized Letters", Information Design Journal, 18(2), 118-137. That same research was used in the calligraphic text typeface Spencer (2011), which was named after legibility expert Herbert Spencer. And to Pyke (2011), a variation (with optical scaling) on the didones, named after legibility researcher Richard Lionel Pyke. These are two phenomenal contributions to the field, sure to garner her a closetful of awards.

In 2015, she created the sans / serif / open typeface family Karlo, which was inspired by Edward Johnston's letter forms and calligraphy [and has the characteristic Gill Sansian ear of the lower case g], at Die Gestalten. In 2018, it was republished by The Northern Block. She writes: In Denmark, a guy named Karlo would typically be an old fellow with a slick hairstyle that makes an effort with his appearance. He is a handyman who can do a bit of this and that when needed. He is a happy go lucky kind of guy that takes one day at a time. To me, the typeface family has some of the same qualities.

a href="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/northernblock/engel-new/">Engel New (2017, The Northern Block).

Klingspor link. Speaker at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on The legibility of letters and words and at ATypI 2017 in Montreal on The legibility of numerals. Behance link.

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Type designers ⦿ Type designers ⦿ The Danish type scene ⦿ Readability & Legibility ⦿ Type design in the United Kingdom ⦿ Commercial fonts (small outfits) ⦿ Modern style [Bodoni, Didot, Walbaum, Thorowgood, Computer Modern, etc.] ⦿ Books on type design ⦿ Eric Gill and his typefaces ⦿








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