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[Nihilist typefaces, including typefaces based on the work of suprematist artist Kazemir Malevich. The poster above, entitled In A Nutshell Nihilism is by Dave Wiskus, CGP Grey and Philipp Dettmer (ca. 2019).]


Artem Moiseev

St. Petersburg-based Russian designer of Reflex, a typeface that marries old ustav influences with modern scripts, SirSerif, Line Font (pixelish), Taliman (angular), Griffit, Malevich (totally experimental), Zavitok Font (upright script), and Face (script). Alternate URL. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BBDO Ukraine

Ukrainian advertising agency in Kiev. Its design studio is called BBDO Studio. Its type foundry branch was established 2015. Typefaces include:

  • Malevich (2015, Olga Tereshchenko): An abstract typeface to celebrate Russian suprematist Kazemir Malevich.
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Daniel Viberg

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[Daniel Viberg]

Daniel Viberg (Dawnland, est. 1999) is a Swedish designer, b. 1976, Nyköping. His early fonts could be downloaded at Dafont. His later fonts can be bought via MyFonts. In general, Dawnland Fonts are for headlines, posters for event graphics and music/media/game packaging.

He created the Chaos font series, which comprises Paradox (1999, trembling hand face; +Paradox X, 2011, +Paradox Runa, 2011), Lamenta (1999, scratchy face), Lamenta X (2011), Lilith (2000, initials made with human figures), Nihil (2011, grungy) and Dissonus (2004, a nihilist grunge typeface inspired by the type treatments of Dave McKean as well as the Manson Anti Christ Superstar-artwork).

Other typefaces include Victualia (brushy), Aeterna (2011, grunge), Haakke (2011, a children's hand), Awe (hand-printed), Victualia X (2011, a hand-drawn brush font), Chaos 1996 (2011, pen illustrations), Massiva GrotesQ (2012), Lore (2012, blackletter), Nokturnia, Nekromantea, Pandemonia, Meep (2013), Blck Phnx (2013, a lava lamp font), Auntie Lee (2013, hand-printed), Uncle Lee (2013, hand-printed), Ponderous (2013, a poster titling face), Cirque De La Lune (2013, poster lettering), Dulcet (2014, vintage script), Left Hand path (2015, hand-printed), Lost + Forlorn (2017, a punk/horror typeface), Wounds (2018: a scribbly horror font), Murk (2020: an all caps typeface with 26 ghastly creatures).

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Erman Yilmaz
[Informal Type]

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Giuseppe Cacciatore

Graphic designer, b. 1989, Italy. For a school project at Escuela de Arte in Madrid, he created a font called Dynamich. This is pure experimentation, based on Malevich's paintings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Henric Eugén Bergström

Graphic designer and illustrator from Stockholm. Creator of Suprematic (2008), an ultra-constructivist typeface inspired by the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his art form of suprematism.

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Iakov Georgievich Chernikhov

A Russian architect and artist, Iakov Chernikhov was born in 1889 in Pavlograd, Yekaterinenskav Gubernia, Ukraine (now Dnepropetrovskay Oblast). He died in 1951 in Moscow. He studied at the Odessa Art School, a branch of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. In 1914, having graduated from the Art School, he moved to St. Petersburg and entered the Academy of Arts. In 1916 Chernikhov transferred from the painting faculty to the architecture department and graduated in 1925. He became a successful architect, and taught at the Leningrad Institute of Transportation Engineers (after 1933 LIIZhT) in the school of architecture (1928-45), at the Industrial Academy (NKTP) in the course for factory and plant construction (1930-32), at the Stalin Transportation Academy (NKPC) (1930-32), and at the Institute of Engineers of Water Transportation (1929-31). He published Fundamentals of Modern Architecture (1929-1930), Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931), and Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions (1933). These classics are all about architectural fantasies. The last work of Iakov Chernikhov, which remained uncompleted, was the book An Analysis of the Construction of Classical Typeface (written in 1945-1951). It was published in 1958, seven years after his death. Iakov Chernikhov used for construction of the types some principles taken from the theory of architectural forms having much in common with the type forms that obey the same regularities. Some of his work looks like the early attempts at regularization by Duerer and Tory, or as found in the Romain du Roi.

In 2009, Dmitry Yakovlevich Chernikhov (editor), Uta Keil (German translation) and Heike Maria Johennig (English translation) published the Russian / German / English text Graphic masterpieces of Yakov Georgievich Chernikhov : the collecton of Dmitry Yakovlevich Chernikhov (DOM Publishers, Berlin).

Wiki page. Scans: I, II, III, IV. Image of his Cyrillic Trajan (1945-1951). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Informal Type
[Erman Yilmaz]

Istanbul, Turkey-based designer (b. Mersin, 1985) of the sticky tape typeface Anafor (2018). Yilmaz writes that Anafor is inspired by the pioneer of geometric abstract art and the creator of the avant-garde suprematist movement Kazimir Severinovic Malevich's suprematist compositions.

In 2019, Erman published the self-centered hipster typeface Oddee. Erman explains: Oddee typeface is based on the dissimilarities in personal fashions and the contradictions sparked between two schoolmates, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann, the first of whom is known for his belief in finding no place for the concept of ornamentation in architecture and functional design, while the latter proposes the ornamentation could find a place within design through not being a direct force but being a contributing part to a collective aesthetical value in everyday objects. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jekabs Osins

Designer whose Black Square Typeface (2012) is a nihilist experiment, in which each letter is a black square, as in Kazimir Malevich's Black Square painting. Beam (2012) is another typeface experiment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich

A pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde suprematist movement, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was born in 1879 in Kiev, and died in 1935 in Leningrad. In 1915, Malevich laid down the foundations of Suprematism when he published his manifesto From Cubism to Suprematism. After the October Revolution (1917), Malevich became a member of the Collegium on the Arts of Narkompros, the Commission for the Protection of Monuments and the Museums Commission (from 1918 until 1919). He taught at the Vitebsk Practical Art School in Belarus (1919-1922), the Leningrad Academy of Arts (1922-1927), the Kiev State Art Institute (1927-1929), and the House of the Arts in Leningrad (1930). He wrote The World as Non-Objectivity, which was published in Munich in 1926 and translated into English in 1959. In it he outlines his Suprematist theories.

Typefaces based on his work include:

  • Malevich (2010, Artem Moiseev).
  • NCD Black Square family (2008, by Nippa Downy). Downey writes: The Black Square of Kazimir Malevich is one of the most famous creations of Russian art in the last century. The first Black Square was painted in 1915 to become the turning point in the development of Russian avant-garde..
  • Dynamich (2012, by Giuseppe Cacciatore).
  • Black Square Typeface (2012, Jekabs Osins). A nihilist experiment in which each letter is a black square, as in Kazimir Malevich's Black Square painting.
  • Suprematic (2008). An ultra-constructivist typeface by Henric Eugen Bergström.
  • Dick Pape created the scanbat font KazimirMalevichArt2. Download here.
  • Tom Davidson's Malevich (2013).
  • Kama made in 2015 by Ninze Chen-Benchev.
  • Malevich (2015, Olga Tereshenko, BBDO Studio).
  • Anafor (2018) by Erman Yilmaz.
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Mandy Levine
[Nihilschiz Fonts]

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Marc Fernandez

As a student in Barcelona, Marc Fernandez designed an experimental typeface in 2016 that reflects the work of Kasimir Malevich. Later in 2016, he designed the text typeface Alego, which is influenced by stone cut types from the 18th century found in Tarragona. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marina Kalinskova

Tolyatti, Russia-based designer of the nihilist Cyrillic typeface Malevich (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Nihilism is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief toward the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Existential nihilism argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that there is no inherent morality, and that accepted moral values are abstractly contrived. Exponents of nihilism include Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nihilschiz Fonts
[Mandy Levine]

Mandy Levine (Nihilschiz Fonts, or Nihilist Schizoid Fonts) is the American designer (b. 1988) of the blood-dripping font HoMicIDE EFfeCt (2006) and Nihilschiz Handwriting (2006). She also created Ganz Egal (2007, rubbed out Times), Faith Collapsing (2007, grungy blackletter), Raubtier (2007, blackletter), Voodoo Needles (2007, hand-printed), Homicide Effect (2006, gory font), Staubiges Vergnügen (2006), Thirsty-for-Souls (2006, grunge), AABK (which stands for Aggressive Angry Baby Killer, 2006, grunge), Pyramidhead (2004, destructive face). Home page (which makes my browser crash). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. And another URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ninze Chen-Benchev

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1987. Graphic designer in Brooklyn, NY, who created Kama (2015), an experimental typeface inspired by the work of Russian suprematist Kazemir Malevich. She also drew great cosmic typographic illustrations for Bullett Magazine in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nippa Downey

Nippa Downey (DJ Nippa) is the creator in 2008 at FontStruct of these typefaces: NCD Paperclip (2008), NCD Paperclip Closed, the NCD Black Square family (2008, he writes: The Black Square of Kazimir Malevich is one of the most famous creations of Russian art in the last century. The first Black Square was painted in 1915 to become the turning point in the development of Russian avant-garde.), Snake, Snake Rebel, Mooch Rounded II and Mooch Squared II.

Additions in 2009: The NCD Dot Matrix family (many styles), NCD Grand Theft Autostruct (based on the logo for the Playstation/Xbox computer game "Grand Theft Auto"), NCD Dorky Corners Sans, NCD Amphibian (+Stencil), NCD Blagger (+Stencil), NCD Gigantica2, NCD Gigantica, NCD Brick Stacker, NCD Amoeba family (dot matrix), NCD Deejayon (nice), NCD Blagger (+Stencil), NCD Phusion Bold (octagonaal), NCD PS Magazine (+2) (octagonal), NCD Fabrica 50 (vertical stripes), NCD Scansion, NCD Octangle 20, NCD Neopolicia Harlequin, NCD Reinforcia (piano key, stencilized), NCD White Picket Fence, NCD Autonium Small Caps (not free...).

In 2010, he created the NCD Chromica family (athletic lettering typefaces) and NCD Bezica 10 (elliptical), NCD Nu Arc Stencil Linked, NCD Nu Arc Linked Stencil, NCD Edding 5.0 (brush), NCD Patchwork (texture face), NCD Embroidery (+Comp Size), NCD Snippa Sharp (2011), NCD Nufraktura Gothic (2009), NCD Autonium Small Caps.

Typefaces from 2012: NCD Black Square, NCD Black Square II.

Typefaces from 2013: NCD Neopolicia (+Drop Serif, +Harlequin, +Jump Drop), NCD Grand Theft Autostruct (based on the logo for the Playstation/Xbox computer game "Grand Theft Auto"), NCD Isometrica Horizontal 1 (3d block face), NCD Mooch Squared, NCD Mooch Rounded II.

In 2014, his striped octagonal art deco typeface NCD Deconium SC Black Serif Inlines won an award at the FontStruct Inline Font Competition. Other typefaces from 2014 include NCD Reinforcia and NCD Dottica Serif 60.

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Oleg Karpov

Tolyatti, Russia-based designer of the Cyrillic display typeface Malevich (2018), which is named after suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olga Godek

Graphic designer in Krakow, Poland. Her typefaces:

  • Klawo (2018). a minimalist monoline sans.
  • Lelum Polelum (2019). An experimental typeface.
  • Malewicz (2019). Named after suprematist artist Kazemir Malevich, Malewicz is a square-shaped experimental font family.
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Olga Tereshchenko

Talented Ukrainian designer. She has interesting illustrations, and her Latin and/or Cyrillic typefaces show tremendous potential:

  • Avangard (2012). A blocky outline family.
  • Black and White (2012). A great geometric / cubist experiment in the style of Mondriaan's paintings.
  • Diamond (2012). An experimental polygonal typeface.
  • Old Font (2012).
  • Malevich (2015, BBDO Studio). An abstract typeface to celebrate Russian suprematist Kazemir Malevich.
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Rafael Rincón

Creative Director in Caracas, Venezuela where he works for a Trade Marketing company called Nexus. He was born in 1973 in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia, and is a type designer at the Colombian foundry Andinistas. He co-designed the octagonal typefaces Nikona and Nikona Dual with Carlos Fabián Camargo in 2006: X1 (+Negra), X2 (+Gris), X3 (+Blanca), Stencil (+Dingbats). He writes: The leading thread that typifies this family is its mutant spirit, a result of my personal and typographic interpretation of the three robotic laws created by Asimov in 1940, and reflected many times in sci-fi movies, comics and Japanese anime. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Suri Huang

Providence, RI-based co-designer, with Yifan Du, of Nihil (2019), a stencil font based on Baskerville. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tom Davidson

During his studies in Bolton, UK, Tom Davidson created Malevich (2013), a typeface that was inspired by the classic suprematist coloured geometric shapes and lines of Russian artist Kazemir Malevich. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yifan Du

Providence, RI-based co-designer, with Suri Huang at the Thode Island school of Design, of Nihil (2019), a stencil font based on Baskerville. [Google] [More]  ⦿