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Type design in Latvia

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McGill University
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Adolf Behrmann

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

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

Ainar Olutnieks

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

Aleksandra Samulenkova

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). [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
[Artmaker]

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Artmaker
[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]  ⦿

client-bank

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]  ⦿

DIC.LV

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]  ⦿

FORTECH

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
[RAWTYPE]

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Gatis Vilaks

Gatis Vilaks (RIT Creative, Riga, Latvia) created Thin Line Font (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Girts Ulmanis

Girts Ulmanis (Riga, Latvia) designed the display sans typeface Recorda in 2013 during his studies. [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, 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). FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link.

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

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 face in 2001, it became a retail font in 2013. The adjectives to describe it are cartoonish, upbeat, joyful, and buoyant.

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

  • 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.

    Dafont link. Fontspace link. CTAN link for Libertineotf. CTAN link for Libertine download. [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 faces at Dafont include the all-caps no-punctuation faces Liva (2007) and Complexity (2007). The caps-only face 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]  ⦿

    Philipp H. Poll
    [Libertine Open Fonts Project]

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    RAWTYPE
    [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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    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.

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

    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 face 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 2008: Aurora Cyrillic, Balloon Cyrillic, Bell Centennial Cyrillic, Belwe Cyrillic, Bodoni Cyrillic, Bremen Cyrillic, Calligraphic 421, Bitstream Cataneo Cyrillic, Caxton Cyrillic, Century Oldstyle Cyrillic, Century Schoolbook Cyrillic, Dutch 801 Cyrillic, English 111 Adagio Cyrillic, Exotic 350 Cyrillic, Futura Cyrillic, Futura Black Cyrillic, Original Garamond Cyrillic, Geometric 706 Cyrillic, Gothic 821 Cyrillic, Handel Gothic Cyrillic, Humanist 777 Cyrillic, Impress Cyrillic, Incised 901 Cyrillic, Kaufmann Cyrillic, Liberty Cyrillic, News Gothic Cyrillic, Oranda Cyrillic, Revue Cyrillic, Ribbon 131 Cyrillic, Schadow Cyrillic, Serifa Cyrillic, Square 721 Cyrillic, Staccato 555 Cyrillic, Stencil Cyrillic, Swiss 721 Cyrillic, Umbra Cyrillic, University Roman Cyrillic, VAG Rounded Cyrillic, Zapf Calligraphic 801 Cyrillic, Zapf Elliptical 711 Cyrillic, Zapf Humanist 601 Cyrillic, Zurich Cyrillic.

    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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    WIG LAT

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