TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Mon Mar 10 18:29:58 EDT 2014
The Norwegian type scene
Oslo-based graphic designer and art director who has desiged some logotypes. Behance link. He used black censureship strips to create the calligraphic experimental face Shame (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo-based designer of the octagonal techno typeface Offshore (2013). In 2013, he started work on the sans family Anonymous Typeface. iStill in 2013, he published the geometric sans typeface AK No. 3 Sans, which was inspired by sans faces from the art deco era.
Anders Engen (Oslo, Norway) created Letters of Death in 2010. This tattoo / black metal typeface was inspired by the cholo writing of the gangs in Los Angeles. He also made an alchemic typeface for the Sommerøya Elektronika Festival 2012.
Knut S. Vikor's Arabic Macintosh page explains about the use of Arabic on Macs. He points out that Macs come with six Arabic fonts already installed, Geeza Pro (the system font), Al-Bayan, Baghdad, DecoType Naskh, Kufi Standard and Nadeem. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian creator of Kisa Slab (2013).
Self-described as an exile Swede and medieval rockstar currently studying Graphic Design at Westerdals SoC in Oslo, graduating summer 2013.. At Westerdals, he developed Dystopia (2012), a monospaced typeface inspired by retrofuturism and repressive social control systems.
Based in Oslo, Birgit Hove evoked the lettering of Polish poster artist Leszek Zebrowski and German expressionism in her typeface Orfeus (2014), which was a logotype created for a short film called Orfeus. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rune archive page by Björn Asle Taranger. Interesting fonts: Merlin, Lincoln (blackletter), both by Corel, Lakise (Mac font), Hermetic, Futhark, Enochian and HebrewScript (the latter three all by the Digital Type Foundry), Dethek-Dwarvish-FR, Fantasy Forgotten Realms. [Google] [More] ⦿
Carina Cosenza Christensen
Norwegian type designer. Some of his work:
Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.
Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.
In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.
Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).
Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).
Christian Widlic (Brighton, UK) created a knitting typeface called Askeladden (2011). He writes: Based on Norwegian tradition and the so called lusekofte (the traditional sweater), I have designed a typeface specifically made for knitted sweaters. The typeface is called Askeladden and comes with six different fonts. Askeladden is the main character in many Norwegian folktales. In some ways, he represents the small man who succeeds where all others fail. He always wins in the end, often winning the princess and half the kingdom. Academic project 2011.
Oslo-based Norwegian who was born in Cheltenham, UK, in 1966. Haanes teaches calligraphy, lettering and typography, and is a freelance calligrapher, book designer and typographer. He designed many alphabets, which are mostly calligraphic, but he has also drawn some old Roman lettering and blackletter alphabets. His blog (in Norwegian) has interesting typographic threads, such as this educational comparison between Antiqua faces like Brioso, Adobe Jenson, Bembo, Adobe Garamond, ITC New Baskerville and Linotype Didot. This thread looks at sans faces. He designed a calligraphic alphabet specifically for Cappelen Damm in 2008, which was digitized by Sumner Stone as Litterat. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian designer of Tom Yum Superslim (2001-2002) and Tom Yum Superfat (2001-2002). She also designed the Thai simulation faces Decomposing Lover (2003) and Tom Yum Superhot (2002). The Birchleaf (sans) typeface, done for Bjørka, a workshop for art photography in Oslo, is still under development. Snøfnugg is a fat paperclip font. Sucomandante (2002) is octagonal and computer-inspired. Bjørkeblad (2002-2003) is futuristic. CC Lisbao (2005) is experimental and modular. Museum X (2005, codesigned with Halvor Bodin and Tone Hansen) was a custom type done for Museum X for kunst/arkitektur/design. Claudia lives and works in Oslo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Claus Martin Torp
Dan Erik Rønnbäck (Noob Design, Kragerø, Norway) is a Norwegian designer who has a Bachelors degree in Multimedia Arts from John Moores University Liverpool, UK. He created an octagonal display face and a multiline art deco face in 2011.
In 2013, while studying at IAD at Hyper Island in Stockholm, he created onezero Display, a large sans family.
Daniel Brokstad lived in Australia fortwo where he graduated from RMIT University in Bachelor of Design. He returned to Stavanger, Norway, in 2011.
Daniel created the extreme-contrast art deco / fashion mag face Casanova (2011), which features two choices of tilt---positive and negative. The way in which this typeface is used by Brokstad is sheer genius.
In 2013, he designed the decorative caps typeface Medic Type.
Oslo-based Norwegian designer of the octagonal monoline face Twode.no (2011). Home page. Freelance motion designer and animator. Daniel has a Bachelors in Motion Graphics from Curtin University in Australia.
Digital Flame Studios
Japanese site which has Kokkei Mizu's free fonts, such as the screen face Pixelation (2005). Dafont mentions that the designer is Sindre Smâ (b. 1993, Norway).
Hommersaak, Norway-based foundry interested in African and technical typefaces. The fonts are sold through MyFonts. Their collection: Christmas (dings), Elektronika (dings), TechTools (dings), ABCKids, Gates (dings), Transistors (dings), Ariya (Yoruba based on Arial), Igba (Yoruba based on Times New Roman), Eagle (Nigerian), Eredo (Edo). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Eifoni is the studio of Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen in Oslo. Elvind has done several complete typefaces. These include a corporate typeface called Supersexy (2010), for Laid, the only Norwegian producer of high-end sex toys. For his master project at KHiB (Bergen National Academy of the Arts), under the guidance of Andrea Thinnes and Rachel Troye, he used graffiti as a starting point to create the pair of faces called the Bomber and the Artist (2007). His typefaces include Supersexy and Oslo Sans.
At Skin Design Studio, he created the all caps DIN-like face Skin Extra Regular for in-house use.
Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen
Norwegian designer of the free flared typeface AIK Erik Holm (2013). Norway also uses a similar font on the Norwegian money banknotes.
Norwegian designer (b. 1984) who lives in Bergen. Creator of nittenaattifire (2007, sans), Temanotica (2006, futuristic sans), Asphyxiate (2006, handwriting), Analfabet (2010, handprinted), Gladatur Rum (2006), Bob-Filled (2001), Parallello (2008, a gorgeous futuristic typewriter serif), Fregne Myriad (2002, childish hand), Looksky-Font (2001, pixel face), unborneditrion (2005, pixel face), Finder (2005), Unintended (2005, dot matrix face). Dafont link. Another URL. Link at Deviantart. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian type designer Marius Watz created the very nice pixel fonts Protozoan square (1996; well, this is really a squarish organic face) and Amoeba_FivePX (1996). He is part of the Norwegian group "Function", together with Halvor Bodin and Kim Hiorthøy. With the latter two, he designed F Shinjuku in 1997 in the experimental FUSE series, based on Tokyo graffiti and inspired by the hip-hop culture. In the same series, he did F Where the Dog is Buried (octagonal, with Norwegian style dingbats), also in FUSE 17 in 1997. I-Ching (1997) is a three-font dingbat series consisting of Classic, Batman and Kogu. Psychoboy (1997) is a scratchy script. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian printer Fabritius and Sønner in Oslo worked on its own version of Munthe's letterforms. In 1962, it published the blackletter face Fabritius-skriften, but this face is only available in matrix form at the company, and is hardly ever used today. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Launched at the end of August 2009 by Håkon Bertheussen, this was a truly free font generation service---the users own the generated fonts, and there are no commercial interests behind the scenes. Some minor improvements are being implemented. It looked and felt like the popular YourFonts, which is not free. Håkon Bertheussen is a design engineer at Atmel, Trondheim, Norway. He runs Bertheussen IT. A list of examples of fonts made with Fontcapture.
Update in May 2010: Amazingly, Fontcapture is now being redirected to Yourfonts (where one has to pay 10 dollars for the same service). Maybe Fontcapture became too popular. But the redirection makes me think that Bertheussen could be bought after all. So here is an opportunity for hackers: imitate the Fontcapture experiment, offer a free service for a year, and then cash in. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontourist is the Norwegian foundry of Hans Gerhard Meier. The fonts there include Boycott Israel (2003, dingbats), Deathmix (1999, gothic), Stencil or Die (2007, paint drip stencil), Streetart Tribute (2006, dingbats), Yalla, Metoo Pixzi (2001, pixel font), Journal (1999, handwriting and dings), and HubaHuba (1998, a hubcap dingbat font also known as GF HubaHuba at Garagefonts).
Norwegian company which published the heavy italic display face Goal (1995). The fontographers are Claus Martin Torp and Anette Strobel. This was followed in 1998 bu Beep, an organic face. [Google] [More] ⦿
Espen Aaeng has been a designer and art director in Oslo since 1973. At Behance, he showed the high-contrast ball terminal / teardrop face Drops (2010), which is said to be marketed by Foundr-E, but I could not find a link to that foundry.
Roemteland is the Norwegian designer of FKRNiceLifeMedium, FKRParkLifeUltraBold, FKRStarLifeSemiBold, FKRWifeLife. Roemteland is Comania's webmaster. Other fonts of his include SlurrLife Medium, and Area51Life. See also here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo, Norway-based designer of Staurfont (2009), an ultra-fat concoction, and Staurland2 and Staurfont2_minuscule (2009), an anorexic roman all caps family. He also made the organic face Holtica (2009). Hallo Sans (2013) is a free rounded monoline sans typeface.
Free Fonts for Fine Folks
A 2009 article on font replacement, written by Oslo-based graphic designer and web developer Johannes Gorset. Verdict: Cufón and typeface.js are based on later technologies (that's not to say they are not widely supported, as is so often the case with new technology and the web), so it should come as no surprise that they perform better in most respects. Unless you are overly bothered about text selection not looking entirely right just yet, you should probably go with the HTML5-based technique Cufón. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frode Bo Helland
Norwegian typographer and printer (1849-1929). Around 1910, he worked with the Klingspor brothers to produce Munthe-skrift (1904-1910), a Faktur-like script font. However, it was never commercially released, and was lost when the foundry was bombed during the Second World War. Frisianus (1994-1995, by T. Eng) is a wonderful script font with great alternate caps, based on Munthe's lettering. It was made by Torbjørn Eng and is available from Luth og Co. Munthe drew the characters based on manuscripts from the 12th century, especially the famous Codex Frisianus, to use with a 1904 book of poems, Draumkvedet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Self-proclaimed mad scientist, concept artist, illustrator and graphic artist from Burträsk, Sweden (b. 1982). Creator of the rune font Theban Alphabet (2008) and Old Norse Runes (or: Urnordiska Runor) (2008). On behalf of Ba'al Graphics, he made the blackletter face Scaenarium Unus (2008). He also created the dripping blood typeface Terror Production (2008).
CSS co-inventor who proposed the CSS font solution for font selection on web pages in 1994: browser makers should fully implement the CSS font specification by letting raw, unprotected font files be linked to web pages. And revise the CSS specs to allow zipped font collections to be linked to web pages, so that web designers can benefit from the large volume of freeware fonts. He is still a member of the W3C CSS Working Group. He is the CTO of Opera Software and a champion for CSS compliance in all browsers. Lie is also a director of YesLogic, the company behind the CSS-based Prince formatter, which was used to produce a book he co-authored: Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web. He has a Master's degree from the MIT Media Lab and a PhD from the University of Oslo. He is an advocate of Acid2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hans Gerhard Meier
Håvar Ingmund Henriksen (b. 1980) is from Skjervøy, in Nord-Troms, in the northern part of Norway. His interests include technology and comics. In 2009, he used FontStruct to create LCD DotMatrix. He writes: This is the Dot Matrix LCD Font used on the Ricoh Aficio AP3800C, Aficio AP3200 and AP306D printers, among others. He also explains how to use FontForge to extract fonts from PDF files. He says: Basically you just need to select "Extract from PDF" in the filter section of the "Open Font" dialogbox used when opening files. When you have selected your PDF file, a "Pick a font" dialogbox will open where you could select wich font to open. Then you'll just need to compact the font using the "Encoding" menu and selecting "Compact". This will remove all non-used glyphs in the font. Then you would have to edit the Font Info, and save the font as a font file (usally TrueType is best). Quote from the article: "Beware though, sometimes when a font is embedded into a PDF it will only contain [glyphs for] characters used. So, if the PDF file that you are trying to extract from does not contain the letter "P" [glyph], then that letter will not show up in FontForge." (You could see an example of this in the image above, the PDF file the font was extracted from did not contain glyphs for all the letters in the english alphabet). [Google] [More] ⦿
Media design student at Gjøvik University in Oslo. Behance link.
Hilde's handwriting font made by Hilde Skjölberg (Norway) and Chank Diesel: Hilde Sharpie (1996), now available from T-26 and Chank. It is called Hilde Sharp (2009) at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Hjort Nidudsson (Norway?) is a supporter of open source software. His project. He created the free 2000+ glyphs-per-font four-style roman family Caudex (2011). Google Font Directory link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian artist (b. Stavanger, 1982) who according to DaFont made some free bitmap fonts such as elektr_02_5.
Norwegian type designer who grew up in Vinstra, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. She writes about her typeface Vinstra (2012): Vinstra was developed during a typeface design workshop at Gjøvik University College held by Veronika Burian, spring 2012. This is my first typeface, inspired by Vinstra, Gudbrandsdalen (Norway)---where I grew up. The font started out with a combination of Berthold Walbaum and Baskerville Old Face's glyphs. Vinstra also have integrated serifs and ligatures taken from the leaf pattern in the national costume of Gudbrandsdalen. I wanted to create a typeface that captures some of the traditional feeling, the mood that is often associated with both Gudbrandsdalen and Norway in general. This is the very own typeface of my home. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coding that supports the following languages: Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, German, Galician, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. More specifically, other ISO-8859 groups are as follows:
Graphic design graduate of the Bergen National academy of the arts in Norway. Jacob lives in Copenhagen. Creator of the playful high-contrast curly typeface Pax Tantor (2012). Cargocollective link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian type designer who created these fonts:
Article in Norwegian about the life of Norwegian calligrapher and typographer Jakob Rask Arnesen, 1918-2008. A type specialist, he devoted his life to calligraphy, the development of models for handwriting in schools, and books on letterforms and type. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jeffrey Bowman (Hemsedal, Norway) created some very original typographic illustrations in 2013 including Skirt for a Virgin Media Shorts film. He created the experimental microbial typeface Hemsedal or Citype (2013). Behance link. DE [Google] [More] ⦿
This used to be a beautiful and simply fantastic web page on typography, with absolutely gorgeous Tamil fonts designed by Sri Lankan Jeyachandran Kopinath (OviyaResearch in Fantoft, Norway): Tamilini, HuntPR, Gonsalves, Tamilweb (1998). Some of the fonts are here. Last known live link (now dead). [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo-based Joakim Jansson (1UP) is guilty of art direction and graphic design. His fertile fingers brought us (mostly custom) typefaces such as Aker Bryfgge Display (2012, for Aker Brygge; cocreators Stefan Ellmer and Dag Laska), Soda Popinski (2009), Margaret Berger (2009), Digital Etikett (2009), The Legends (2009), Zoo Room (2009) and Frankfurter on Acid (2009---not a font, just a coloring idea).
John Hansen Budalsplads (1798-1874), a craftsman from Budalen, a remote mountain valley in central Norway, is well known for his production of ornamented, wooden boxes. He also had a great interest and ability in cutting letters in wood. He produced whole alphabets in blackletter and Latin (copperplate) style. On some plates the letters are cut into the wood, but he also cut letters which stand out of the wood (as punches). The latter ones were then printed on paper, to be hung up on walls on the farms. They were both educational and decorative, as the letters are well executed. The article discusses how Budalsplads can have got them printed. Torjorn Eng regards him as the first representative of Norwegian typeface design. A sample from 1820-1831. A sample from 1826.
Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Oslo where he started studying at the Oslo Academy of the Arts in 2009. Behance link. Creator of the beveled alphabet Metalface (2010) and the blackletter face Entartete Fraktur (2010).
Norwegian designer whi hails a small island in Norway called Bømlo and went to Bergen to study graphic design for two years. He created Overlook Black (2011, octagonal face) and Wells Serif (2011, based on the type used in the control panel of the machine in the movie The Time Machine, 1960). Sailor Slant (2011) is based on the same type used on the back of the boat called Orca in the movie, Jaws. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Frogner, Norway. For one of his school assignmints, he made the bitmap face Analog (2012).
During his graphic design studies at Westerdals school of Communications in Oslo, Jørgen Brynhildsvoll created the delicate didone typeface Debut Display (2013).
KalleGraphics is the portfolio of Oslo-based Karl Martin Sætren, a Norwegian multi-disciplinary freelance designer focused on visual identity, art-direction, typography, photography, graphic design and other various kinds of eye candy. He is based in Oslo.
His modular sensual rounded stencil face Curb Desire (2008) deserves an award! Carved Blox (2010) is a counterless ultra-fat face. Chiseled (2010) is a beveled face. EcoLeaf (2009) is part stencil, part organic.
Free fonts: Kilogram (2010, art deco sans display face), Alpharuler (2010, grunge), Disco Sans and Disco Deco (2009, art deco, counterless), Circle Script (2008; all outlnes are parts of arcs), Ribbon (2008, multiline), Softsquare (2008), Cable Script (2008, paperclip face; and its variation, Cable Climb).
Karl Martin Sætren
Designer of the lettering for traffic signs in Norway, called Trafikkalfabet (1965). This was digitized in 2006 by Jacob Øvergaard. Examples here and here. In the last link, Ralf Herrmann explains the flaws: It bears a resemblance to the German DIN typeface, but it also has some unique features, some of them are good, some are bad. Both typefaces share a very simple geometric design and they are good examples of typefaces, that look like they were made on the drawing-board of an engineer rather than designed by a type designer. [...] A type designers knows how to optically adjust geometrical shapes to make them look right. The tip of the M needs to go below the baseline and the dot of the i needs to be wider than the stem. But the design of the Trafikkalfabetet typeface rather aims at consistent values. As a result, the dot of the i is way too small, especially for a typeface that should be legible at great distance. The spacing of the typeface has the similar problems. Uniform values for left and right sidebearings cannot create uniform spacing. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo-based studio and design mag.
In 2011, Katachi Media collaborated with Andrés Torresi to create a typeface superfamily, targeted mainly for the iPad, but also for web and print. Andrés in Argentina, and Katachi in Norway, jointly developed a serif and sans-serif type family called Katachi. Video about Katachi.
Kim Ruben Hansen Lockertsen
Oslo-based designer of the fat finger font Jlee (2011).
Norwegian brand designer located in Oslo. Dinamo and/or Tennebø made an outline font for the identity of the Norwegian opera in 2009. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at NKF/NSCS in Trondheim, Norway. Behance link.
Norwegian type designer. Some of his work:
Lid & Wiken
Lid & Wiken is a multidiciplinary design & storytelling studio based in Oslo, Norway, which is run by Natasha Lid and Eva Wiken. Natasha is from the Northwestern part of Norway and grew up between fjords and mountains. She studied Graphic Design at Westerdals and has been working with clients such as Neepo, Snowboardforbundet, Kulturhuset i Stryn, Kokong, Oslo Open, Westerdals, Skinlove and more. Eva is from Trondheim. She has studied both Art Direction and Graphic Design at Westerdals and is experienced working with both advertising and design, creating solutions for Statoil, DNB, Think, Stormberg, Statkraft og Dyreparken i Kristiansand and more.
In 2013, they created a grotesk display face called Block.
Illustrator and graphic designer located in Oslo, Norway. His/her typefaces:
Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. Creator of a nice typographic logo called Reach (2010). She also created a high-contrast art deco face called Salonfähig (2010), the high-contrast Peignotian face Poirot in 2011, and the Norse experimental face Nørn (2011).
In 2012, Madeleine designed the hexagonal Etern typeface family.
Art director in Copenhagen. Norwegian creator of the prismatic typeface Seal (2012).
Norwegian designer of the avant garde sans family Daco (2004) sold by Luth. He was also commissioned to make Aenigma, a techno face. Identifont says: Magnus Holder Bjørk is a freshly educated designer now working in Trondheim, Norway. While at a design school in Australia he started developing an Art Deco font family, and with the helping hand of FontShop Norway his Daco font family was prepared for sale. [Google] [More] ⦿
Magnus Osnes (Magnus Osnes Design, Gjovik, Norway) created Rotan (2013), a sans typeface developed during a workshop held by Veronika Burian.
Norwegian graphic designer, born in Lillehammer in 1967, who works in Oslo. His fonts are distributed by Thirstype. He now runs Millimeter Design. He is also involved in the Norwegian design studio Melkeveien designkontor, where all his fonts can be ogled. They include:
Underfundig is her studio in Norway.
Marius Hole (Trondheim, Norway) created Nidaros Sans (2013) for wayfinding in his home town during his studies in the Bachelor of Arts program at Gjovik University College.
Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo, Norway. In 2011, he made the experimental histogram-based face Grafont. Designer of Erga (2013), a decorative geometric sans-serif typeface with a 3d beveled look.
Graphic designer in Gjovik, Norway. Creator of the text typeface Adonia (2013). She explains: Adonia was developed during a two week long type design workshop with Veronika Burian from TypeTogether. Adonia is especially inspired by Didot and Bodoni. The characteristics of Adonia are high and abrupt contrast between thick and thin strokes, vertical axis, horizontal stress, small aperture and elegant curves. Adonia is conceived specifically for headlines and big sizes, ideally suited for text in sizes ranging from 20 pt. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Oslo. Behance link. For an editorial design project, she made the typeface KEY (2011), in which all horizontal strokes are required the follow one of five possible lines (as for music notes). The face has a monoline octagonal look. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at Westerdals School of communication. In 2012, she created the alchemic typeface Droste. She also made pictogram set for Vestfjorden restaurant and catering in collaboration with Petter Bergundhaugen.
Norwegian design studio. They made the logotype Generator Group / Canal Digital (2003), the stencil face Nasjonale festningsverk (2004), Think (2008, an organic visual identity typeface done with Stian Berger and Melkeveien), Always (2005, a connected 1950's style face, designers Magnus Rakeng and Stian Berger; based on Rakeng's very popular earlier face Radio) and the Jugendstil style face Ålesund jugendstilsenter (2004, designers Magnus Rakeng and Stian Berger: based on architect H. Schytte Berg's architectural lettering), Eyecon (Magnus Rakeng), Telenor (a family of five for Telenor), some typefaces for Statoil [samples: i, ii, iii], I am Totally Sonja Henie (for Henie Onstad Kunstsenter), Superduper (by Magnus Rakeng, a comic book style face sold by Village), Quality (another connected script based on Radio, this time produced by Magnus Rakeng and Chester, from Village Type). An example can be seen here. In 2010, they designed Statoil, a display sans family. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo-based designer of Rebbel Oblique (2013).
Trondheim (or Oslo?) (Norway)-based designer of this face (2005, display), which was inspired by FontBureau's Constructa and Red Rooster's Grand Canyon RR. In 2010, he showed hs paper fold family Hot Report (download EPS file here). Hot Report defines the outlines in a mathematically correct manner, like an engineer would. In fact, I think Kovalev is an engineer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Millenium Calendar 99 (was SWWE)
Norwegian Stein V. Lund designed the following "broken" fonts: Angstrom, AteUpWithDumbAss, Brain Stew, Circuit Scraping, Deportees, FKR Parklife, Grotto, Prefix, I am monomer, Primer, Rez, Ugly Face. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic Design graduate of Solent University in Southampton, UK, who lives and works in Bergen, Norway. Her experimental typeface Mir Sans (2012 and 2013, vol. 1 and 2) is based on DIN.
Frode Bo Helland is a Norwegian graphic designer in Oslo who created the typefaces Noir (an ultralight stressed sans serif) and Aften (a grotesque). He writes about Aften: Aften is the old man smoking his pipe in a comfortable manner, sipping his tea and watching the young go about their business. He is a gentleman by nature: a cold, slightly old fashioned, grotesque.
In December 2012, he set up his own type foundry together with Sindre Bremnes and Hans Ivar, Monokrom, and started with five type families:
Moonbase Press (or: Dionaea)
Free fonts made by Svein Kåre Gunnarson from Norway. The handwritten Crazee is my favorite; there is also a dot matrix font. List: blok, HiBlok, Crazee, Neistil, DotMatrix. Type 1 and truetype.
Senior designer in Porsgrunn, Norway, who created the all caps sans typeface CWG Sans in 2013.
Ekhornforrss Limited / Non-Format is an Anglo-Scandinavian creative direction and design team. Creative directors and founding partners Kjell Ekhorn (from Norway) and Jon Forss (from the UK) started the company in 2000. In their own words: They work on a range of projects including art direction, design and illustration for arts&culture, music industry and fashion and advertising clients. They also art direct Varoom: the journal of illustration and made images. Nominated for Best Design Team in Music Week's Creative and Design Awards 2001. Non-Format is based in London, UK and Minneapolis, USA. In 2006, Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss designed a poster for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London, which won an award at TDC 27. Their work has been published here: The Anatomy of Design, Adobe Magazine, Archive, Brain, Campaign, CD-Art, Communication Arts, Creative Review, D&AD Annual 2005, The Creator Studio, Design Week, Dos Logos, DVD-Art, Etapes, Eye Magazine, 55 Degrees North, Grafik, Graphic, Idea, IdN, It's A Matter Of Packaging, The Layout Look Book, Limited Edition, Mag-Art, Maximalism, Music Week, New Typographic Design, North by North, 1000 Type Treatments, Print, Printed Matter, Romantik, Sampler 2&3, Serialize, Sonic, Tokyo TDC Volume 17&18, Type-One, Type Specific, Typographics 4&5, Typography 27, Typography Workbook.
Norway Design Manual
Norwegian Government site that offers a free text face, Aeroportal (2007). In addition, you can download Matthew Carter's Charter BT Pro (1987, redesigned and improved in 2004). Aeroportal (+Medium, +Bold) is an organic sans family designed from 2003-2006 by Per Olav Walmann (a senior designer in Oslo-based Jimmy Royal), who states that you can only download these fonts if you have got the rights to use them. The rights belongs exclusively to The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian Ink -- Design for Dough
Norwegian Ink is an Oslo-based graphic design/ motion design studio. At Dafont, one can download the rounded cheese air pocket face "Laurel or Hardy" (2009), the futuristic Elektrofant (2009), Happy Squid (2010) and JUSTIFYlazy (2009), the pixel face 3x3 Font For Nerds (2011), the blocky outline face Salty (2011), and the counterless Quart 07 (2009).
Great article by Shane Wilson in the Harvard Independent on Scandinavian typography and type design. But the Scnadinavians won't like it: Wilson says that there is no such thing as a Scandinavian typographical identity. [Google] [More] ⦿
Odd Einar Haugen of the Department of Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Bergen, Norway, has interesting pages on rune fonts. He says "The two Rune fonts, Gullskoen and Eggja cover the Viking age and younger Scandinavian Runes (Gullskoen) and the older 24 rune Germanic Futhark + the Anglo Saxon runes (Eggja). Both fonts will be available as Postscript fonts and as TrueType fonts, and both will be available for Apple's Macintosh and for MS Windows." Gullskoen is freeware and available for Mac and Windows (PostScript and TrueType). Now there is also Gullhornet. Direct downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian professor in the Graphics Engineering Arts Program of Gjøvik College. Type designer who lives in Raufoss. In 1999 at the University of Reading, he wrote a doctoral thesis, entitled Knowledge construction in typography: the case of legibility research and the legibility of sans serif typefaces.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about British traffic signs. In particular, he will talk about Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert's influential traffic signs and accompanying letterforms from the early 1960s for Britain's national roads (first for the new motorways and later for the whole national road network). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ole T. Ystenes
Graphic designer in Bodo, Norway. Creator of a typographic poster simply called 2009. This was done as an illustration for the 2009 edition of Helse Nords calendar, depicting "a year in northern Norway". Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Orgdot is Carina Cosenza Christensen's Norwegian site with her great free pixel fonts (for exactly 8 pixels or multiples of 8 pixels): Fixedbold, Fixedv03, Genownv01 (2002), Kharon4aBold, Org (2002), Pixelpunch (2002), Serifv01 (2002), SWFTv02, Swfitslmfw (2002), TeachersPetBold (2002), TeachersPetSansSerifBold, TeachersPetSansSerif, TeachersPet, Fixedv01 (2002), Fixed02, Kharon4av01 (2002), Orgv01, SWFTv01.
Per Olav Walmann
Prikken over Stien
Roger S. Nelsson
Espen S. Ore is the project leader at Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities, Bergen, Norway. As part of this work a database comprising the runic inscriptions at the Historic Museum in Bergen will be built. Other runes will be added, and plans are to expand the search to Sweden and Denmark as well. Anne.Haavaldsen is another runologist heading the project. The steering committee consists of professors Helge J.J. Dyvik, Odd Einar Haugen and Richard H. Pierce of the University of Bergen. Included is the Gullskoen font (Odd Einar Haugen (University of Bergen, Department of Scandinavian languages and literature, Sydnesplassen 7, 5007 Bergen, Norway) and Gullhornet. [Google] [More] ⦿
MacCampus writes: The Saames are a small people living in Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. They have their own language called Saami (Samisk, Saamisch), sometimes also called Lappe (Lappisch). The language (or rather its three different dialects) uses some characters not present in any other European language. For Saami, MacCampus has created the SamoFont series of fonts. Currently available are Nimbus Roman SA (SamoFont 01) and Nimbus Sans SA (SamoFont 02). [Google] [More] ⦿
From Norway: "Saral Soft offers different collections of TrueType fonts for various Indian languages/alphabets." Included are Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi, and Bengali. From the readme file at this download site: Saral is a series of OpenType fonts in 9 Indic scripts for 12 Indian languages. These fonts have been designed and developed under the type font design directorship of Prof. R. K. Joshi and the fonters team at C-DAC, Mumbai (formerly NCST). Fonters team: Prof. R.K.Joshi, Vinay Saynekar, Rajith Kumar K.M., Omkar Shende, Sarang Kulkarni, Amresh Mondkar, Jui Mhatre, Kruti Dalvi, Nirmal Biswas, Seema Mangaonkar, Supriya Kharkar, Riddhi Joshi, Lokesh Karekar. SaralHindi has been designed and developed by Prof. R. K. Joshi (TypeFont Design Director, Visiting Design Specialist at C-DAC Mumbai), assisted by Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar and Ms. Kruti Dalvi at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) under IndiX2, Project funded by TDIL, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. SaralTamil has been designed and developed by Prof. R. K. Joshi (TypeFont Design Director, Visiting Design Specialist at C-DAC Mumbai) in association with Mr. Rajith Kumar K. M. (TypeFont Designer), assisted by Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) under IndiX2, Project funded by TDIL, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. RRSaralTamil and RKSaralHindi are free at the latter site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian graphic designer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design) from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Based in Tromso and then in Oslo, Sigbjørn Sørensen created these typefaces: Bris (2013, avant-garde), Organs (2013, an organic typeface that was inspired by Dali's paintings), Old Days (2012, a hairline runic simulation typeface).
Graphic design graduate from the WSoC in Oslo.
Brooklyn, NY-based multidisciplinary design company of New Yorker Susanne Cerha and her Norwegian husband Terje Vist. In the type world best known for their spectaculrly beautiful Flash-based web page Type Is Art, where one can interactively make art from parts of typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Swiss art director who has done substantive typographic work for some clients. For Tess model agency in London, he custom-designed a typeface and logo in collaboration with Mind Design. Sea Ark Sheep (2010) is a contextual typeface that was started as a project at Central Saint Martins, and ended up being released by Die Gestalten in collaboration with Stian W. Bugten in Norway.
In 2012, he was based in New York City.
News designer and editor in Oslo. In December 2012, Sindre Bremnes, Hans Ivar and Frode Bo Helland set up the Monokrom type foundry in Norway. Type families designed there by Sindre Bremnes include:
Martin Holm (was: Spacefish Productions) is the Norwegian designer of the bouncy fat display face Blueberry Foxhound (1999, a bouncy almost comic book face), Zebra-Ztripez (1999), Martin (1999), and Hollywood (1999). He also made Phat Blox (2009).
Norwegian codesigner with Joakim Jansson and Dag Laska of the bespoke typeface Aker Brygge Display (2012). For an architecture magazine, he created Corvus Corax at Skin Designstudio. The Science typeface family was commissioned by Work AS.
In 2013, Stefan is in the stages of publishing Essay, a wonderful very readable angular text typeface, at Type Together. Other typefaces in development include Amalgam and Yorrick Tristram (a baroque typeface). He also designed the grotesque typeface family Georges. Still in 2013, Johannes Lang and Stefan Ellmer codesigned the free display typeface Brevier Viennese (Langustefonts). It is based on a Victorian typeface called Viennese by the Fann Street Foundry from 1874.
In 2014, he created Ur 1927 and writes: Ur 1927 is a digital reanimation of the original sketches by Paul Renner made for the typeface that later became Futura as part of the social-housing program Das Neue Frankfurt in 1927. Ur 1927 is not an auto-traced imitation neither an interpretation of the original source---like other revivals of pre-digital type---but an attempt to grasp the inherent design principles of the original design and the ideological impetus intended by its maker. Ur 1927 is sticking stubbornly to the sketches made in 1927---not performing any optical compensations or deviations from geometrical construction. In addition it incorporates all (!) alternative---radical even to contemporary eyes---letter shapes drawn by Renner.
Graphic designer and visual artist, b. 1990. He lives in Oslo. His typefaces, all made in 2009, include Tiny Little Miss Squirrel (hairline, curly), Big Fat Ugly Cow (fat fad face), Mr. Hedgehog (geometric experiment) and Just Comic (child's hand). [Google] [More] ⦿
Stein V. Lund
Norwegian co-designer with Magnus Rakeng at Millimeter Design of Telenor (2001, sans) for the new corporate identity for Telenor. Still with Rakeng, but now at Melkeveien designkontor, he cocreated Always (2005, a connected 1950's style face, based on Rakeng's very popular earlier face Radio) and the Jugendstil style face Ålesund jugendstilsenter (2004, based on architect H. Schytte Berg's architectural lettering). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from Trondheim, Norway. Behance link. Sea Ark Sheep (2010) is a contextual typeface that was started as a project at Central Saint Martins, and ended up being released by Die Gestalten in collaboration with Simon Egli. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Oslo. He used FontStruct in 2008 to create these faces: Donna 80, Donna 82, Donna 85, Lofoten Wave Starter, Donna Circels Black. The Donna series consists of glyphs entirely composed of hollow circles. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes is a Norwegian based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2012-2013, she studied towards an M.A. in Type Design at the KADK (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art School of Design).
Sun Helen is a Norwegian designer, who obtained a BA in Visual Communication from the Royal Danish Academy of FIne Arts school of Design in Copenhagen (2012). In 2013, she graduated from the Type & Media program at the KABK in Den Haag. Her graduation typeface was Ricochet. Ricochet is inspired by the speedball D-series, which uses ball-shaped nibs developed by American sign painter Ross Frederic George. Ricochet is bulky and round, and has little contrast. It is warm and quite suitable for illustrative applications. [Google] [More] ⦿
Svein Kåre Gunnarson
Big Tamil TTF archive. Most fonts are by Ethno Multimedia. Included are several gorgeous Tamil dingbat fonts (drums, teapots, and so forth). One of the greatest Tamil font archives. Included are: ComicTSC, ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal, NanthiniTSC, Sri-TSC, TimesTSC, Amudham, TamilAvarangal31TSC, Cheithi2, KalkiNormal, LT-TM-Kurinji, MylaiFixTSC, PonniLetterBig, SHREE802, TamilZone, TamilwebPlainBeta, TBoomiHBold, TBoomi, TBoomiSBold, TMNEWS, Vikatan, JaffnaNormal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jörg Knappen's page on the European Computer Modern fonts. "The following languages are supported by the Cork encoding: Afrikaans, Albanian, Breton, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish (modern orthography), Italian, Letzeburgish, Lusatian (Sorbian), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaetian (Rumantsch), Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish." [Google] [More] ⦿
The Infamous Foundry
Creator of Fancy Antique Display (2012), an uppercase art deco partially multilined display font inspired by French decorative alphabets from the 1940s. RPM45 (2012) is a free condensed sans display face.
Founder of and designer at Punktum Finale. Oslo-based creator of the sans typeface Byx (2012).
During his graphic design studies in Trondheim, Norway, Tommy Larsen designed the display typeface Dia (2013), the techno typeface Boldium (2014), and the alchemic typeface Tomahawk (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian designer based in Gjøvik, who studies at Gjøvik University College. Behance link.
Torbjørn Engs typografisider
Pages on Norwegian typography maintained by Torbjørn Eng. He designed Frisianus (1994-1995), a gorgeous script font based on lettering of Gerhard Munthe (1904), which has some Lombardic influences in the capitals, and a totally blackletter set of minuscules. There is also an absolutely gorgeous fat display face called Norges Alphabet (1990), which may or may not be available to the general public. It is supposed to represent all that is good about Norwegian values; quality, minimalism, contrast, originality. Eng discusses fonts that are appropriate for Norwegian [article from 1993]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Sarpsborg, Norway, in 1973, Torgeir Holm designed the pixel font Invaders (1998), and the display faces Thank Heaven Bold (2001), Egzfont v1.0 (2001), (...) (2001) and Bonedog (2001). From 1997-2001, he worked at Union Design as a graphic designer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Norwegian freelance graphic designer since the mid 1980s. He joined the P22 crew in 2008. His fonts there:
An refreshing type blog out of Trondheim, but not updated since the end of 2012. They write about themselves: TTC (Trondheim Type Club) started out in 2008 by Aasmund Hegglid and Trond Aslak Øvrum. The idea was made in 2007 as something we missed in our town. A breeding place for type-fanatics. We are now a group of people with relations to the design/advertising industry in Trondheim, Norway. [Google] [More] ⦿
Andrea Tinnes is a German type designer who occasionally teaches type design. She is associated with the Das Deck agency in Berlin. Through her own label, Typecuts, which she founded in 2004, she publishes as well as promotes all her type designs. Also, Andrea teaches courses in type and typography at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway where she has a Professor II position. Klingspor link. Her fonts:
Uwe Zimmermann designed the metafont Viking (2003). He explains: "The package VIKING contains the two 16 letter runic alphabets as used by the vikings in Scandinavia. It is based on the archaic font series by Peter Wilson and uses the same, simple installation and interface routines." [Google] [More] ⦿
Dr. Wolfgang Leister, formerly from the Institut für Betriebs und Dialogsysteme at the Universität Kärlsruhe in Germany, and now a Senior Research Scientist, Norwegian Computing Center, made a Braille metafont. [Google] [More] ⦿
The XMyriad PC Truetype family was created by Jacob Øvergaard at FontShop Norway, as an extension of Adobe's Myriad: XMyriadFetItalic, XMyriadFetSmalnetItalic, XMyriadFetSmalnet, XMyriadFet, XMyriadHalvfetItalic, XMyriadHalvfetSmalnetItalic, XMyriadHalvfetSmalnet, XMyriadHalvfet, XMyriadNormalItalic, XMyriadNormalSmalnetItalic, XMyriadNormalSmalnet, XMyriadNormal. As Jacob wrote: These are instances of Adobe's MyriadMM - specially made for the Norwegian Red Cross (hence the X) when they introduced Myriad into their profile. Using MM-fonts in a large office network was not an option, so we made this version for them. It is perfectly legit, but of course only intended for use with work related to the Norwegian Red Cross. They have properly licensed the fonts, and everyone who wants to use XMyriad first have to have a proper license for MyriadMM. For a while these were freely downloadable. [Google] [More] ⦿
Yeahllow is the company of Drammen (Skien?), Norway-based graphic designer Gøran Frilstad. Home page of his company, Yeahllow. He made the simple 3-weight sans family Leoni (2009) and Invader (2009, ultra-fat face). Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿