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Type design in Latvia


Adolf Behrmann

Born in Tockum (near Riga, Latvia) in 1876, he died in Bialystok in 1942. German type designer who designed the classical display typeface Rundfunk at Berthold in 1928. This typeface was digitized by Nick Curtis as Radio Ranch NF. He also designed Radio and Radio Versal in 1928 at H. Berthold AG.

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Ainar Olutnieks

Illustrator from Rezekne, Latvia, who made an ornamental caps face in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aleksandra Samulenkova

Latvian-born Aleksandra studied art and design at the Latvian Art Academy, where she graduated with a BA, and at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin. She is a multidisciplinary designer and active as an artist. Graduate of the Type and Media program at KABK, Den Haag, class of 2012. She is now working in Berlin with Luc[as] de Groot.

Her graduation typeface was Pilot (2012, angular display and signage style). Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Diacritics as a Means of Self-Identification. In that talk, she looked at several Eastern European nations that were created during the 19th century, and in particulat, Latvia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexey Goncharenko

Designer and illustrator in Riga, Latvia. Creator of Glutinous (2010, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anita Abarenkova

At Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR), Portugal, during an exchange program, Anita Abarenkova (Riga, Latvia) created the stencil typeface Anita PT Light (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Pocius

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Arthur Janson

Riga, Latvia-based designer of Alina Script (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Anna Pocius]

Anna Pocius (Artmaker, Riga, Latvia) is the creator of Unique (2012), the fat round monoline monospace sans family VDS and VDS Bold (2011, Open Font Library). She also made Banana Brick Font (2011, free at OFL).

Home page. OFL link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baltic (Latvian) TrueType fonts

Six standard Microsoft TrueType fonts (Arial, etc.), and two free Baltic fonts, Serif and Sans, provided by Codefusion Communications Inc. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Cyrillic, Latvian and English fonts: the Rim family (Times, Souvenir, etc.) by AG Fonts. The PragmaticaLatvian family by ParaGraph JV.&E. Gailis&Y. Ivanov. BaltHelvetica by AG Baltia. The Peterburg family by Atech Software. Dead link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davis Knopkens

Graphic designer in Saldus, Latvia, who created Dots (2012), a dot matrix typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Latvian design blog, with occasional type design information. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egils Grikis

Stirling, UK-based graphic designer and typographer. Originally from Latvia, he cooked up some exquisite corporate identities. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egils Mednis

Riga, Latvia-based type designer who created Swan (1992, Tilde, type 3 font) and New Symbol (2013, a type 3 dingbat font that probably also was done in the 1990s originally). Swan can be downloaded here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Groenendijk

Dutch / Latvian FontStructor who made Georgian Boldy (2012), Latvian High Condensed (2012, a piano key typeface), and Aluksne (2012, a bold sans with 854 glyphs). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evalds Vanags

Riga Latvia-based designer of the lava lamp typeface Caldas Life (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evita Vilaka

Designer in Riga, Latvia. In 2015, Gatis Vilaks and Evita Vilaka codesigned the hand-crafted Latin / Cyrillic typeface Summer. Earlier, in 2014, they codesigned Reef (a free rounded sans), Sunn Pro and Thin Line Font. In 2016, they codesigned the hand-crafted typeface Vintii. Their company is called RIT Creative. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Favete Art
[Olga Zakharova]

Moscow and/or Latvia-based designer of the pleasingly rough brush typeface Bronks Script (2015) and of the hand-crafted typeface Marshmallow (2015). In 2016, she made the dry brush font Density (2016), the brush scripts Firecracker, Caricia, Pepper, Lady in Red (a fine brush script), Asparagus, Siberia (crayon style), Newport (marker font), Emerald and Haiti, Ambrosia Script, the wide calligraphic font Lancaster, the curly watercolor brush script typeface Candyland, Fallen Angel, the Treefrog-style script Lemon, Penelopa, Cutout, and the creamy brush script Marmaris.

Typefaces from 2017: Golden Boy, Rotterdam (dry brush font), Soft Spot (thick soft brush font), Kaleido (a spectcular brush script), Silentium, Big Brush, Sydney (brush), Woodland, Gizmo (marker font), Typetop (dry brush style). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of the Latvian-Russian typefaces LR_Architect, LR_Baltica-Bold, LR_Baltica-BoldItalic, LR_Baltica-Italic, LR_Baltica, LR_Benguiat-Bold, LR_Compact-Italic, LR_Compact, LR_Helvetica-Bold, LR_Helvetica-BoldItalic, LR_Helvetica-RegularItalic, LR_Lazurski-Bold, LR_Lazurski-BoldItalic, LR_Lazurski-Italic, LR_Lazurski, LR_Optima-Bold, LR_Optima, LR_Souvenir, LR_Times-Bold, LR_Times-BoldItalic, LR_Times-Italic, LR_Times, LR_University-Roman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gatis Cirulis

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Gatis Vilaks
[RIT Creative]

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Girts Ulmanis

Girts Ulmanis (Riga, Latvia) designed the display sans typeface Recorda in 2013 during his studies. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustavs Andrejs Grinbergs

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1943, he has mainly cooperated (since 1990) with Tilde in the font development of East-European languages, and has created the AG fonts collection for Cyrillic. He specializes in Cyrillic and East-european extensions of prominent typefaces (such as the ones in the Bitstream collection). At Linotype, he did Linotype Gneisenauette, Linotype Brewery, Linotype Rowena (1996), and Stencil Moonlight (2003), which won an award at the Linotype International Type Design Contest 2003. He published the AG Fonts collection, mostly between 1992 and 1994. In the AG fonts collection, we find the following families (non-exhaustive list): AGAalen, AGBengaly, AGCenturion, AGCrown, AGFriQUer, AGGalleon, AGGloria, AGLettericaCOMpr, AGMelanie, AGNewHandbook, AGOpus, AGPalatial, AGPresquire, AGReverence, AGZeppelin. MyFonts sells these fonts by him: Baltic Ornaments (1999), Linotype Brewery, Brunch Pro (1996, straight-serifed), Constellation Pro (2009, an avant garde sans family with very thin hairline weights), Exquisite Pro (1998), Linotype Gneisenauette, Kette Pro (2009), Rigaer Tango Pro (2009, a connected script family with high contrast), Robusta Pro (2002, large sans family), Linotype Rowena, Scintilla Pro (2001, delicate text family), Stencil Moonlight (2003), Tourandot Pro (1999), Waldorf Pro (2003, didone), Am Beauty (2011, an art deco family that includes Am Beauty Stencil).

In 2015, Grinbergs published Brewery No. 2 Pro at Linotype. It is based on his submission in 1997 to the Second Linotype Design Contest, and was inspired by early 20th century German type. The Black weight is expressionist.

FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link.

MyFonts collection. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ieva Mezule

In 2017, Ieva Mezule and Krisjanis Mezulis (Riga, Latvia) designed the donationware hand-crafted typeface Leafy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joiro Hatagaya

Designer of sci-fi and pixelized fonts. Fonts: 8BITWONDERNominal (2001), Cybernetic-Ninja, DotComradeNominal, JHUFNominal (1998, techno), JHDigitalNominal, JHTITLESNominal, NewHorizonsNominal, StellarKombatMENominal, Stellar-Kombat, Vasquez, SpaceMarine, 8BITWONDER, JHTITLES, New Horizons (2001), SpaceMarine, JH_Fallout (2002), Xenophobia (2001).

Open Font Library link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Lang

Latvia-based designer of the pixelish typeface Evilborn (2016). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karlis Kalviskis

Designer at the University of Latvia of the free technical handwriting font family Drukaatie Burti (2015, Open Font Library). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Krisjanis Mezulis

Gatis Vilaks (RIT Creative, Riga, Latvia) and Krisjanis Mezulis (Latvian-born art director and painter in Riga, Latvia) together created Besom (2015, a free brush typeface) and Sunn (2014, a free hand-printed typeface).

Mezulis designed the art deco era sans typeface Etan (2015; for Latin and Cyrillic; free) and the rough brush script typeface Plume (2015, free).

In 2015, he designed the free rough brush script typeface Kust, again for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Typefaces from 2016: Fibre Extended Brush, Banaue (a free brush font), Fjord Handwritten (dry brush script; free demo).

Typefaces from 2017: Avene (a free brush font), Leafy (a hand-crafted typeface done with Ieva Mezule), Leafy Extended. Behance link. Another Behance link. Mezulis's company is called Wild Type. Creative market link to Wild Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristians Sics
[Lamatas un Slazdi]

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Lamatas un Slazdi
[Kristians Sics]

Design studio, est. 1999 in Riga, Latvia. They are doing some type design under the guidance of Kristians Sics, aka Chris Lamatas. No sales or downloads as far as I can tell. Kristians Sics (b. 1961, Riga), who studied at the Art Academy of Latvia, now lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he is a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2010, Sics established the commercial foundry Lamatas un Slazdi. Typefaces (from 2010 or just before 2010):

Creations from 2011: Aramara Chromatic (+Base, + Engraved).
  • Jaquizaca (2001-2013). Originally created as a TV program titling typeface in 2001, it became a retail font in 2013. The adjectives to describe it are cartoonish, upbeat, joyful, and buoyant.

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  • Libertine Open Fonts Project
    [Philipp H. Poll]

    Now, here is a project with a name I like! This project by Philipp H. Poll has been started in order to create fonts that can be released under the GNU Public License. As of early 2005, we have the following Times New Roman lookalikes: LLibertineCaps, LinLibertine, LinLibertine-Italic, LinLibertineBd. Libertine Grotesque is next on the list of things to do. The fonts come in truetype and fontforge (SFD) text formats. Linux Libertine covers a big range of Unicode, including all characters in MES-1 (Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, Frensh, Frisian, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic (new orthography), Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxemburgish, Maltese, Manx Gaelic, Moldavian (with restrictions), Northern Sámi, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romanian (with restrictions), Scottish Gaelic, Slovak, Slovenian, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh (with restrictions)), IPA, Greek, Cyrillic, math symbols, and a host of other symbol and language sets. TeX archive. The typophiles are not impressed. Charles Ellertson writes: The bowl of the "a" doesn't fit other letters, the top and terminal of the "f" doesn't know where it is going, the descender of the "y" doesn't balance quite right, and the serif on the upper arm of the "z" (which probably reminded the original poster of Caslon) seems out of place. I get the impression, again from the small sample, that the font doesn't quite know whether it is supposed to be slightly condensed or slightly expanded.

    In 2007, the following weights are available: Normal, Kursiv, Fett, Fett Kursiv, Kapitaelchen, Unterstrichen, Grotesk. As a measure of the success of the font, we find that is now used on the logo of Wikipedia.

    As a companion font, they offer Linux Biolinum (2010): The Biolinum is an organic sans-serif and could be also described as organogrotesque (non-linear sans serif). It is still in a beta stage. Biolinum is meant for emphasizing titles but could be used also for short passages of text. For longer texts a serif font such as the Libertine should be used in favour of readability The Biolinum has the same vertical metrics and visual weight as the Libertine, so that it fits perfectly to the Libertine and can be also used for emphasizing within the body text.

    In 2012, Bob Tennent created type 1 versions of Biolinum and Libertine.

    In 2016, LibertineGC was published by Michael Sharpe at CTAN, adding LaTeX support files for Greek (essentially complete LGR, supporting monotonic, polytonic and ancient features) and Cyrillic.

    Another effort at corrections was undertaken by Khaled Hosny in 2016 in his Libertinus family. The Libertinus font family is a fork of Linux Libertine and Linux Biolinum with many bug fixes and improvements. Libertinus Serif is forked from Linux Libertine. Also included are Libertus Math, Libertinus Sans (forked from Linux Biolinum) and Libertinus Mono.

    Dafont link. Fontspace link. CTAN link for Libertineotf. CTAN link for Libertine download. Klingspor link. Klingspor link. CTAN link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Liene Bakane

    During her studies, Cesis, Latvia-based Liene Bakane designed a thin Latin display typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Linda Strauta

    Art student from Latvia who, during her studies at Caldas da Reinha, Portugal, created Citybridge Stencil (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Mikus Vanags

    Mikus Vanags (b. 1982) is from Riga, Latvia. He designed a 4-style opentype-feature-loaded family called Etno (2010), which has constructivist undertones. He also created a medical icon set for the Hopitaux de Paris in 2010. Aspasia (2010) is an art deco face. Free typefaces at Dafont include the all-caps no-punctuation typefaces Liva (2007) and Complexity (2007). The caps-only typeface Justicia is a contemporary Roman Serif Capitals typeface suited both for editorial and corporate design. It was designed by Mikus Vanags in 2008 for the government and public administration sector and is not publically available.

    MyFonts foundry page. Dafont link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Normunds Hartmanis

    Lithuanian graphic artist and type designer, b. Riga, 1924. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Olga Zakharova
    [Favete Art]

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    Philipp H. Poll
    [Libertine Open Fonts Project]

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    [Gatis Cirulis]

    Gatis Cirulis (Rawtype, Latvia) is a graphic designer and illustrator who does projects for individuals and companies in Central Europe and the USA. He specializes in logos, identity, illustration, publication, drawing, painting, lettering, book arts web design. He was art director at McCann Latvia but is now located in Bloomington, IN, where he was Letterpress Type Shop Graduate Assistant at Indiana University Bloomington. He currently lives in Las Cruces, NM. His typefaces:

    • The BDSM-inspired all caps alphabet Bound (2009). Example glyphs: A, B, BDSM, C, C, PS. Poster.
    • Aker (2010). An erotic all caps alphabet.
    • Karo (2010). A free geometric font.
    • Frank (2010). A blackletter face.
    • Ray Five (2010). A font based on letters that were projected onto the walls of a dark room.
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    RIT Creative
    [Gatis Vilaks]

    Gatis Vilaks (RIT Creative, Riga, Latvia) created Weem (2016, free), Thin Line Font (2014), Sunn (2014, a free hand-printed typeface; with Krisjanis Mezulis), Reef (2014, a free rounded sans), and Modeka (2014, a free techno typeface in which elliptical curves are at war with octagonal forces).

    In 2015, he went commercial and published Sunn Pro (Latin and Cyrillic) and Summer (a hand-crafted Latin / Cyrillic typeface codesigned with Evita Vilaka).

    Free typefaces from 2016: Vintii (with Evita Vilaks; see also Vintii Extended, 2017), Deepo, Alepo.

    Free typefaces from 2017: Cornera (hexagonal; free), Sunn Line Serif.

    Creative Market link. Behance link. Gumroad link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ryan Pescatore Frisk
    [Strange Atrtractors Design]

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    Sergejs Kolecenko

    Sergejs Kolecenko (b. 1989, Riga) is currently studying fine art and type design at the Art Academy of Latvia. He designed the display family Fingerz (2011). MyFonts link.

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    Slapjs Kakjis

    Latvian designer of Wet Cat (1998). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Strange Atrtractors Design
    [Ryan Pescatore Frisk]

    Together with Catelijne van Middelkoop, Ryan Pescatore Frisk established Strange Attractors Design in the Netherlands. Their creations include Turfhaus (custom design sans), Cranbrook 53 (custom dingbats face), Fourteen Boxed (custom), Hey Dutchie! (custom face), Grau (custom hand-drawn version of Weiss), King of Latvia (custom made) and Brunn, a display typeface that won an award at TDC2 2004. Ryan received a BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1999, and an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002. In 2004-2005, he is a grad student at the KABK in Den Haag. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Teleserviss un Telebusiness

    Latvian page with about ten mixed Latin/Cyrillic TrueType fonts: the Atunt family, and CNtunt, a Courier New family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Terrapin Font Services

    British font service house: can sell you most of the commercial fonts. Sells also fonts for Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujurati, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese (Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh. Has barcode fonts, and is a special distributor of the Royal Mail Barcode font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tilde (was: AG Fonts)

    Reinis Ludvik's Riga-based Latvian font design and software development company sells high quality fonts (adapted from Bitstream fonts) for Baltic, Cyrillic, Turkish and Eastern European languages. Includes the AG Baltia fonts by Andrejs Grinbergs. Commercial Cyrillic fonts based on Bitstream fonts.

    The Tilde/AG Fonts collection published between 1991-1995 also includes these families designed by Andrejs Grinbergs: AGAalenBold, AGBengaly, AGCenturion, AGCrown, AGFriQUer, AGGalleon, AGGloria, AGLetterica, AGMelanie, AGNewHandbook, AGOpus, AGOpusHR, AGPalatial, AGPresquire, AGReverence, AGZeppelin.

    The Bitstream-based collection comprised these typefaces in 2015: Aachen, Aldine 401, Aldine 721, Allegro, Alternate Gothic, Am Beauty, Amazone, Amelia, Americana, Amerigo, Aurora, Baker Signet, Balloon, Baltic Ornaments, Bank Gothic, Baskerville, Bell Centennial, Belwe, Bernhard Fashion, Bernhard Modern, Bernhard Tango, Blippo, Bodoni, Bremen, Broadway, Brunch Pro, Brush 445, Brush 738, Brush Script, Calligraph 421, Candida, Carmina, Cataneo, Caxton, Century Old Style, Cheltenham, Clarendon, Classical Garamond, Cloister Black, Cloister, Commercial Script, Constellation Pro, Cooper, Copperplate Gothic, Davida, Della Robbia, Dom, Egyptian 505, Elegant Garamond, Empire, English 111, English 157, Engravers Gothic, Engravers Old English, Exquisite Pro, Flareserif 821, Flemish Script, Folio, Formal 436, Fraktur, Franklin Gothic, Freehand 471, Freehand 521, Freehand 575, Freehand 591, Futura, Futura Black, Geometric 231, Geometric 415, Geometric 706, Geometric 885, Geometric Slabserif 703, Gothic 720, Gothic 725, Gothic 821 Condensed, Goudy Handtooled, Goudy Heavyface, Goudy Old Style, Handel Gothic, Hobo, Humanist 521, Humanist 531, Humanist 777, Huxley Vertical, Impress, Impuls, Incised 901, Informal 011, Kaufmann, Kette Pro, Kuenstler 480, Lapidary 333, Letter Gothic 12, Liberty, Libra, Lucian, Lydian, Lydian Cursive, Matt Antique, Mirarae, Mister Earl, Monterey, Murray Hill, News 702, News 705, News 706, News Gothic, Nuptial, OCR-B-10, Onyx, Oranda, Orator 10, Original Garamond, Parisian, Park Avenue, Piranesi, Poster Bodoni, Prestige 12, Raleigh, Revue, Ribbon 131, Rigaer Tango Pro, Robusta, Romana, Roundhand, Schadow, Scintilla Pro, Seagull, Serifa, Shotgun, Snow Cap, Snowbird, Square 721, Staccato 222, Staccato 555, Starfighter, Stencil, Swiss 721, Tango, Tourandot Pro, Transitional 521, Transitional 551, Umbra, University Roman , VAG Rounded, Waldorf Pro, Wedding Text, Windsor, Zapf Calligraphic 801, Zapf Elliptical 711, Zapf Humanist 601, Zurich.

    MyFonts link where one finds Starfighter TL (2012, a font family for gamers), Snowbird (2011, informally hand-printed family), Constellation Pro (geometric sans family), Kette Pro and Rigaer Tango Pro (calligraphic script).

    View Tilde's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    VADA Software Talen I-L

    Free fonts for Ibo, Inuit, Japanese, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Kanuri, Khmer, Kikongo, Kikuyu, Kinya Rwardan, Hangul, Kpelle, Krio, Kru, Laotian, Latvian, Luba, Luo, Maltese, Oriya, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Pali, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Hindi, African languages such as Mandinka, Mende, More, Ngala. Plus Navajo, Oromo, Ogham, Phoenician. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    VADA Software Talen M-Q

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    Latvian studio. Creators of the display typeface Dubult Dibens (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Wild Ones

    Riga, Latvia-based designers Krisjanis Mezulis and Gatis Vilaks are the Wild Ones. In 2017, they designed Modeka Extended, Entra (free), Sunn Line, Sunn Line Serif and Sunn Serif, a hand-crafted typeface family.

    They created these typefaces in 2016: Fibre, Etna (by Krisjanis Mezulis), Fjord (brush style, by Krisjanis Mezulis), Kust Extended Brush (by Krisjanis Mezulis), Plume (by Krisjanis Mezulis), Besom (brush style, by Krisjanis Mezulis). In 2015, they designed Summer (Gatis Vilaks and Evita Vilaka).

    In 2014, Gatis Vilkas and Evita Vilaks codesigned Reef (2014, a free rounded sans), Sunn Pro (2014) and Thin Line Font (2014). Their company was called RIT Creative. Gatis Vilaks designed Weem (2016) and Modeka (2014). Creative Market link. Behance link. Behance link for Garis Vilaks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Zanda Markitane

    Riga, Latvia-based designer of an angular typeface simply called Lettering (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿