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The Norwegian type scene

[Award-winning poster by Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss.]


[Fabrice Bats]

5ive is the design studio of Fabrice Bats, a Parisian who has moved to Oslo. His lettering includes a couple of alphabets called Kinky (2010). Dafont link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aasmund Hegglid

Norwegian designer in Trondheim. He created the corporate identity sans typeface SINTEF (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agnieszka Gawlik

During her studies at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Agnieszka Gawlik created the all caps shadow typeface Noon (2016) and the experimental stick typeface Vertical (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aleksander Grødtlien

Norwegian art director and graphic designer in Oslo. He has done Banana Hello (2010), an alphabet in which all curves come from bananas. Devian tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aleksander Schipper

Born in Norway from Dutch parents, Oslo-based Aleksander Schipper created Frank (2012) and Proto Mono (2012) during his graphic design studies at Westerdals School of Communication.

Devian tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Valentina

Alex Valentina is a graphic designer from Italy who graduated from KHIB, Bergen, Norway, and is based in London, UK. A musician, music producer and video director, he also occasionally designs typefaces. At The Designers Foundry, he released the fairytale font Goliagolia in 2019, and the spindly lava lamp font GabyGaby in 2020. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Fjelldal

Oslo-based graphic designer and art director who has desiged some logotypes. Behance link. He used black censureship strips to create the calligraphic experimental typeface Shame (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Kanvik

Oslo-based designer of the octagonal techno typeface Offshore (2013). In 2013, he started work on the sans family Anonymous Typeface. Still in 2013, he published the geometric sans typeface AK No. 3 Sans, which was inspired by sans typefaces from the art deco era.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Kvamme

Designer and artist in Bergen, Norway, who made a remarkable typographic poster called Le Muée (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Rossebø

Norwegian designer of the hand-printed typeface Alexis (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amalie Helle Wiig

Norwegian designer of the thin straight-edged typeface Apostrofus (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anders Engen

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anders Kristoffersen

Anders writes about himself: A Norwegian wine-loving Interactive Art Director student from the cold depths of Lofoten. I did a two year advertising degree in Trondheim, Norway at the Norwegian School Of Creative Studies, giving me the fancy title "Creative market communicator". I then topped up my degree with an Honorary Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Southampton Solent University. At the moment I am studying at Hyper Island in Stockholm. I am currently exploring experience design, business transformation, team development and tech. His Behance page has him in London. He has won many awards, and his web presence is both minimalist and stunning.

In 2015, he created the free poster font Chubby. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Sogn

Graphic design student in Oslo, Norway, who created Typical Oslo Pictograms (2014) and an electrically charged display typeface called Volt (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Tinnes

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Andreas Neiden

Bodø, Norway-based graphic designer who created the scanbat typeface Black Gold in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Irvine

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Anna Michaelsen

During her studies, Anna Michaelsen (Michaelsen Design, Oslo, Norway) created the typeface Technofreak (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anny Idebøen

During her graphic design studies in Oslo, Anny Idebøen created a tessellated hipster typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arabic FAQ

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]  ⦿

Arianne Avante Larssen

This Norwegian graphic designer created a linear geometric counterless typeface in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arild Hauge

Arild Hauge's rune font link site. Also, every imaginable rune alphabet is shown and explained. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Åshild Knudsen

Norwegian creator of Kisa Slab (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arve Båtevik
[Store Norske Skriftkompani]

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Atle Mo
[Subtle patterns]

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Audun Stien
[Prikken over Stien]

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Aurora Freyvoll

Norwegian designer of the dots-and-lines font Dots (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel Gustafsson

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bård Oskar Angelskår

Norwegian creator of the free pixel typeface Baardfaant (2015) and the stitching font Cross Sew (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bendik Kristiansen

Trondheim, Norway-based designer of Times New Rosetta (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benedikte Torgersen

Sandnes, Norway-based creator of the techno / paperclip font Binders (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bettina Wolmersen

Oslo-based designer of a neatly hand-drawm mini-slab serif typeface called Nighttime (2013, free at iFontMaker). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bettina Wolmersen

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the deco typeface Transformasjon (2016), which is based on two fonts used by Kristiania University College. At FontStruct, she designed the free font Røst (2016). At iFontMaker, she created NightTime (2016) and After Midnight (2016, a free connect-the-dots style font). Behance link. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Birgit Hove

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]  ⦿

Birgitte Kolden Ekrem

Graphic design student in Oslo, b. 1988. She designed some experimental typefaces during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Björn Asle Taranger

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]  ⦿


Norwegian creator of Pedersen (2012, children's hand). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bureau Bruneau
[Ludvig Bruneau Rossow]

Graphic design bureau in Oslo. In 2015, Ludvig Bruneau Rossow created the geometric sans titling typeface BB Perfume exclusively for Formulae Perfume. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Cato Hernes Jensen]

Cafe.no was founded in 2000 by Norwegian designer Cato Hernes Jensen, who holds a BA in Graphic Design from Staffordshire University (UK) and an MA in Sociology from the University of Oslo. He also studied computer engineering in his hometown Horten.

His typefaces include Journeyman (2016: an all caps layered display typeface in the sign painter tradition, which comprises 3d Shadow and Silhouette styles and covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).

In 2019, he published Brexit. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Camilla Høgemark

During her studies in Stavanger, Norway, Camilla Høgemark created the bilined typeface Futuristic Font (2014) and as a student in Brisbane, Australia, she created the trilined custom typeface Tres Kokks Sportifs (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carina Cosenza Christensen

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Carl Fredrik Angell

Design student in Oslo, aka Frisso. Creator of a few all caps typefaces in 2012, including one called DNA Sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carl Tørris Christensen

Norwegian type designer. Some of his work:

  • The house fonts for NKL, designed in 1967 together with Leif Frimann Anisdahl.
  • Oslo Gothic, for Den norske Creditbank (DnC), 1973.
  • Televerket, a bi-stroke headline face, 1980.
See here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Louise Boge-Fredriksen

Norwegian designer of Dripping Blood (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cato Hernes Jensen

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Celinn Bentzen

Norwegian-born graphic designer in London, UK, who designed the eperimental typeface Tissi (2016) which is named after designer Rosemary Tissi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Roger S. Nelsson]

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 typeface 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 typeface 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).

Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.

Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christian Albriktsen

Oslo-based designer of the thin lachrymal sans typeface Velouet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Widlic

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Haanes

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 typefaces like Brioso, Adobe Jenson, Bembo, Adobe Garamond, ITC New Baskerville and Linotype Didot. This thread looks at sans typefaces. He designed a calligraphic alphabet specifically for Cappelen Damm in 2008, which was digitized by Sumner Stone as Litterat. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudia C. Sandor

Norwegian designer of Tom Yum Superslim (2001-2002) and Tom Yum Superfat (2001-2002). She also designed the Thai simulation typefaces 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, co-designed 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

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Dag Henning Brandsaeter

Amsterdam-based student at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie who was born in Oslo in 1982. He is working on this Gill-like sans face (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Erik Rønnbäck

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 typeface in 2011.

In 2013, while studying at IAD at Hyper Island in Stockholm, he created onezero Display, a large sans family.

Behance link. Devian tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Aleksandersen

Norwegian software specialist who created the free font CCSymbols in 2020. It contains all Creative Commons symbols. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Brokstad

Daniel Brokstad lived in Australia where he graduated from RMIT University in Bachelor of Design. He returned to Stavanger, Norway, in 2011, and later joined Sagmeister & Walsh in New York City.

Daniel created the extreme-contrast art deco / fashion mag typeface 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.

In 2019, he published Lucifer Sans. This mammoth 162-style typeface family is rooted in Scandinavian geometry and minimalism, mixed with a healthy dose of black metal and irreverent attitude. Harsh vertical cuts and angles throughout the font creates a very strict and hard look, that can either be amplified or loosened up through its stylistic sets.

In 2020, he designed the 10-style rounded octagonal typeface Geometrisk. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Brox Nordmo

Oslo-based designer of the 3d typeface Block Font (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Dahn

Oslo-based Norwegian designer of the octagonal monoline typeface Twode.no (2011). Home page. Freelance motion designer and animator. Daniel has a Bachelors in Motion Graphics from Curtin University in Australia.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Karlsen

Norwegian graphic designer who made the counterless experimental Point Blob Font (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Norwegian upstart foundry, with two fonts for now, Goal (2000, heavy italic display), Beep (2000, futuristic) and Expose (a Multiple Master font for the Mac). Bad link? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Flame Studios
[Kokkei Mizu]

Japanese site which has Kokkei Mizu's free fonts, such as the screen typeface Pixelation (2005). Dafont mentions that the designer is Sindre Smâ (b. 1993, Norway).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D-Net Communications (or: DNC)

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]  ⦿

Edel Horne

During her studies in Oslo, Edel Horne created the rune emulation font Fornminne (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen]

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 typefaces 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 typeface Skin Extra Regular for in-house use.

Behance link. Typecache link. Cargocollective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eirik Ruiner Torgersen

Oslo-based designer of the 3d cubic font Cave (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen

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Eivind Nilsen

His student project at the Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen, Norway, has two experimental fonts, AKA the Bomber and AKA the Artist, both finished in 2006. See here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ellen Tveita

Kleppe, Norway-based designer of Festivetica (2014), a typeface that was inspired by gothic doors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ellmer Stefan
[The Pyte Foundry]

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Ellmer Stefan & Johannes Lang
[Stefan Ellmer]

Stefan Ellmer is a Norwegian type designer based in Oslo. In 2014, he set up the commercial type foundry Ellmer Stefan & Johannes Lang with Johannes Lang.

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. Ellmer was finally published in 2014 as Essay Text.

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 co-designed 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.

Schouss Plass (2014) is an angular display typeface developed for Schous Plass, a youth café and concert hall in Grünerløkka, Oslo.

In 2014, Johannes Lang and Stefan Ellmer revived the frilly Victorian typeface Stencil Gothic originally designed by John West in 1885.

Sentralen Oslo (2016). They write: A set of 3 text and one display typefaces for the branding of a new multidisciplinary cultural site based in the old town of Oslo, Kvadraturen. The text styles are based on the former stationary of the Oslo Sparebank, which later became the foundation responsible for the redefintion of the old bank building. The display typeface is a derivate of the logotype (not shown) and is intended for use in the site's wayfinding system. These typefaces were commissioned by and developed in close collaboration with Metric Design, Oslo.

Levvel Script (2016) is a brush script based on illustrator Bjørn Rune Li's distinct handwriting style. It was commissioned by Scandinavian Design Group.

Gustav Display (2018) is an exclusive (lapidary, roam, inscriptional, wedge serif, all caps) typeface for the celebration of Gustav Vigeland's 150th birthday in 2019. Commissioned by the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, it was designed by Ellmer Stefan under the Art Direction of Anders Hofgaard (NODE Berlin Oslo), and is based on an inscription accompanying one of Vigeland's sculptures.

In 2018, Ellmer Stefan designed a custom sans typeface for Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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

Emil Bonsaksen
[We Make]

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Emma Julie Jensen

Norwegian design student at JCU, Townsville, Australi. She created an experimental typeface in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Endre Berentzen

Norwegian designer who is working on this tilted sans (2007). He works at the design firm Orangeriet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Fisher

Erik Jacob Jeddere-Fisher (b. 1988) is based in Oslo. He created the free comic book caps-only font Totally Oilsome (2010), and The Efish Hand (2005).

Home page. Another home page. Devian Tart link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Holm

Norwegian designer of the free flared typeface AIK Erik Holm (2013). Norway also uses a similar font on the Norwegian money banknotes.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Johan Worsøe Eriksen

Norwegian designer at Die Gestalten of Friends (2004, an OCR-like sans), Kit Lean, Kit Ideal, Kit Shiny, and Kit Fat (2001, a monoline family). FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erland Storaker

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the free typeface Pogo Display (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erlend Storaker

Graphic designer in Milan of Norwegian roots. In 2016, he created the thick rounded monoline set of digits called Cloudy Numbers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Espen Aaeng

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Espen Morten Kvalheim

Norwegian designer (b. 1984) who lives in Bergen. Creator of nittenaattifire (2007, sans), Temanotica (2006, futuristic sans), Asphyxiate (2006, handwriting), Analfabet (2010, hand-printed), 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). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eudora Greek Tables (Norway)

Greek script and Greek bitmap fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Even Dragsten

Trondheim, Norway-based creator of the free vector format display typeface Streetflow (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Marius Watz]

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]  ⦿

Fabrice Bats

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[Ole T. Ystenes]

Norwegian printer Fabritius and Sønner in Oslo worked on its own version of Munthe's letterforms. In 1962, it published the blackletter typeface Fabritius-skriften, but this typeface is only available in matrix form at the company, and is hardly ever used today. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felix Skaara

Felix Skaara (Oslo, Norway) created the grotesque typeface Avia (2014), which was inspired by the golden era of aviation. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flinch Fakula

Norwegian designer (b. 1975) of Packed Flinch (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Håkon Bertheussen]

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]  ⦿

[Hans Gerhard Meier]

Fontourist is the Norwegian foundry of Oslo-based Hans Gerhard Meier (b. 1972). 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), Stencile or Die (2017), Mr. Otis (2017), NYC ABC (2014, ransom note style), and HubaHuba (1998, a hubcap dingbat font also known as GF HubaHuba at Garagefonts).

Dafont link. FontShop link. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Claus Martin Torp]

Norwegian company which published the heavy italic display typeface Goal (1995). The fontographers are Claus Martin Torp and Anette Strobel. This was followed in 1998 bu Beep, an organic face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Magnus Cederholm]

Magnus Cederholm (Formfett) is the Norwegian creator of the beautiful sketched typeface FFF Tusj (2008), which in turn is loosely based on Georgia Bold. Fontica link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Espen Aaeng]

Espen Aaeng has been a designer and art director in Oslo since 1973. At Behance, he showed the high-contrast ball terminal / teardrop typeface Drops (2010), which is said to be marketed by Foundr-E, but I could not find a link to that foundry.

Another URL. Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fredrik K. Roemteland

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]  ⦿

Fredrik Staurland

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 typeface Holtica (2009). Hallo Sans (2013) is a free rounded monoline sans typeface.

Devian Tart link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fredrik Welde-Solsvik

Oslo, Norway-based designer of a custom rune simulation font in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Fonts for Fine Folks
[Inge Fossland]

From Norway, Inge Fossland's creations: DwarfFat (1999, pixel) and DwarfFatOldStyleFigures. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Johannes Gorset]

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

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Frode Nordbø
[Norwegian Ink -- Design for Dough]

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Geir Frøvold

Nodeland, Norway-based designer of the decorative caps set Norwegian Alphabet (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gerhard Munthe

Norwegian typographer and printer (1849-1929). Around 1910, he worked with the Klingspor brothers to produce Munthe-skrift (1904-1910), a Fraktur-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]  ⦿

Glenn Fagertveit

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 typeface Scaenarium Unus (2008). He also created the dripping blood typeface Terror Production (2008).

Alternate URL. Devian Tart site. Old home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Good Type Foundry
[Kenneth Knutsen]

Oslo, Norway-based type foundry, est. 2016. Their typefaces include Agentur, Adieu, Opposit, Plakat Grotesk (2016), Chapter (2017: by Kenneth Knutsen), and Riposte and Riposte Mono (2016: geometric sans typefaces by Kenneth Knutsen).

In 2018, he released Figue, (a text typeface with large x-height) Good Sans (a contemporary sans serif typeface inspired by mid-century neo-grotesques) and Tekno.

Typefaces from 2019: Ekstra (a contemporary neo grotesque with large x-height), Kubik (a semi monospaced modular techno font inspired by the synth music and visual culture of the 1980s), Soya (an experimental sans).

Behance link. Behance link for Kennth Knutsen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gøran Frilstad

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gradient (was: Mindburger Studio)
[Milos Mitrovic]

Milos Mitrovic's foundry in Bergen, Norway, is called Gradient. Before that, he set up Mindburger Studio in 2015 in Nis, Serbia, before relocating to Norway.

His early typefaces included the 1920s style sans family Bambino (2014), which was influenced by Futura. In 2015, he published Bambino New.

Typefaces from 2016: Bergen Sans (a modern geometric sans advertized in this manner: [...]clean and stylized Scandinavian geometry, partnered with explosive post Bauhaus type aesthetics[...]), Noir (based on early 20th century geometric sans models; in 12 styles, for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2017: Bergen Mono, Bergen Text (a great geometric sans family).

Typefaces from 2019: Radial (a variable sans), Linear Sans.

Typefaces from 2020: Poly Sans (+Mono).

Village link.

Typefaces from 2021: Okay Serif (a decorative didone for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Grotesk Bureau

Type foundry in Stavanger, Norway. In 2015, they published the sans typeface KK Masiv. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guro Waagene

Guro Waagene (Oslo) created (as a student project) a font called Tics Type (2013) and a logo for The National Tourette Syndrome Association.

In 2013, Martine Hage and Guro Waagene co-designed Throne Sans, which is named after Johan Throne Holst (1868-1946). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hakon Wium Lie

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]  ⦿

Halvard H. Feragen

Norwegian-born designer. During his studies at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast, Australia, he created the display typeface Baltic (2015) starting from PT Serif. In 2015, he published the text typeface Kompani (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Halvor Bodin
[Union Design]

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Hanna Elise Haugerød

Norwegian graphic design student who created the slab serif typeface Esile in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hanne Svensson

Designer in Ski, Norway, who created the circle-based outline typeface Hanne in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hans Christian Øren

For Nike Consept Store in Oslo, Hans Christian Øren (Oh Yeah Studio, Oslo) designed the prismatic typeface Oslo (2018), which takes a bit after the logo font for the Mexico City Olympics. Earlier, he designed a hipster font for Nike USA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hans Gerhard Meier

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Harald Øren

Norwegian designer in Trondheim. He created the sans typeface Creative Trondelag (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Håkon Bertheussen

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Håkon Sukuvara

Håkon Sukuvara (Oslo, Norway) created Suku Sans (2013), a typeface made as part of a self promotion assignment at Norges Kreative Fagskole. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Håvar Ingmund Henriksen

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]  ⦿

Helene C. Jenssen

Norwegian designer, with Jacob Øvergaard, of Synnøve (2003, a connected script). An example is here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Helene Serine Høie Naesheim

During her studies in Randaberg, Norway, Helene Serine created a thin straight-edged display face (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Henrik Fjeldberg

Norwegian designer of the grunge typeface Identity (2006), shown here. That font mixes Helvetica, Times, Comic Sans and Arial. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Henrik Steen Karlsen

Media design student at Gjøvik University in Oslo. Behance link.

Creator of the paper fold typeface Calligami (2011) and the calligraphically-inspired serif typeface Karlsen Serif Pro (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hilde Ottesen

Gjøvik, Norway-based designer of the gothic arc-themed typeface Kalligrafi (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hilde Skjölberg

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

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. Klingspor link. 1001 fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ida Louise Waeraas

Oslo, Norway-based designer of Sulten (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ida Nygaard

Designer of the Norwegian school font Norsk Skoleskrift (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Andrew Irvine]

Andrew Irvine (Idiofonts, Oslo, Norway) designed the commercial rounded sans typeface Showcard Draftsman in 2014. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Inge Fossland
[Free Fonts for Fine Folks]

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Inge Joergensen

Norwegian artist (b. Stavanger, 1982) who according to DaFont made some free bitmap fonts such as elektr_02_5.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ingrid Bygjordet Vaterland

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]  ⦿


Norwegian designer of the handwriting font Intens Writings (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ISO 8859-1

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:

  • 8859-1 Europe, Latin America
  • 8859-2 Eastern Europe
  • 8859-3 SE Europe
  • 8859-4 Scandinavia (mostly covered by 8859-1 also)
  • 8859-5 Cyrillic
  • 8859-6 Arabic
  • 8859-7 Greek
  • 8859-8 Hebrew
  • 8859-9 Latin5, same as 8859-1 except for Turkish instead of Icelandic
  • 8859-10 Latin6, for Eskimo/Scandinavian languages
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Ivar Lyngner

Norwegian architect, and graphic and type designer who lives in Jar, Norway. Creator of the free fonts Mir II (futuristic) and Mir III (like architectural lettering). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Lysgaard

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]  ⦿

Jacob Øvergaard

Norwegian type designer who created these fonts:

  • Jacobs 1933 Pro (2005, art deco lettering based on a Norwegian calendar from 1933).
  • Jacobs Runer (2003, rune fonts).
  • Jacobs Web (2002, bitmap font).
  • Jacobs Display (2000).
  • Jacobs Flatt (2000).
  • Jacobs Monoline (2000).
  • Synnøve (2003, a connected script done with Helene C. Jenssen).
  • Jacobs Sans (2005, a rounded sans serif).
  • XMyriad, a family custom designed for the Norwegian Red Cross (hence the X) based on Adobe's MyriadMM.
  • He digitized Trafikkalfabetet (2006) for Norwegian traffic signs.
His fonts are sold by Luth&Co (Oslo) and FontShop. At FontStruct as JacobFSNO, he made Jacob's Fontstruct (blocky, 2008) and Tendonin (pixel, 2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Øvergaard

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Jaghbub Font Package

On the Arabic Mac site in Norway kept by Knut S. Vikor. Three fonts for transcription of Arabic, Jaghbub, Koufra and Bairut. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jakob Rask Arnesen

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]  ⦿

Jana Hestevold

During her studies at Westerdals school of communication in Oslo, Norway, Jana Hestervold created Paperclip Typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeannette Wiseth Karlsen

Designer in Slemmestad, Norway, who graduated from a school in Oslo in 2012. She created an experimental caps typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeffrey Bowman

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 (2013), which was contributed in 2014 as a free font to Citype.

Behance link. DE [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jen Haugan

During her studies at the Royal College of Art in London, Jen Haugan, who was born and raised in Norway, designed the decorative caps typeface Penguin (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jenny Stuttard

Norwegian creator of the circle-based typeface Avrundet (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeyachandran Kopinath

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]  ⦿

Joakim Jansson

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).

Behance link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joakim Ulseth

Trondheim, Norway-based designer of the free paperclip typeface Homework (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johanne Lian Olsen

Norwegian photographer and graphic designer working within type design, editorial design and illustration. In 2020, she released the compressed sans typefaces Due Display and Commission Display, as well as Oblong Sans (a 5-weight grotesque) at Type Department. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johannes Gorset

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John Arne Van Nordby Agaid

Norwegian design student at Norges Kreative Fagskole in Oslo. Creator of a floriated caps alphabet in 2012, and the typeface Creativity in 2011.

Devian tart link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Hansen Budalsplads

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 until 1831. A sample from 1826.

Another link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Arne Berg

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 typeface Entartete Fraktur (2010).

In 2014, he created the free font Helsinkifjes (Citype). Helsinki is inspired by leters on the memorial monument for fallen German soldiers of the Finnish civil war in 1918 in Vanha Kirkkopuisto in Helsinki.

Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Forss

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Jon Olav Rolfsnes

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. He aslo created the octagonal typeface The Artisan (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonas Helgeneset

Jonas Helgeneset (Oslo, Norway) created the curvy decoratie headline typeface Smash (2011) and the experimental typeface Trendy (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonatan Austigard

Designer in Frogner, Norway. For one of his school assignmints, he made the bitmap typeface Analog (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jørgen Brynhildsvoll

During his graphic design studies at Westerdals school of Communications in Oslo, Jørgen Brynhildsvoll created the delicate didone typeface Debut Display (2013). Later he designed the wide display typeface Raissa (2017).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jørgen Grotdal

Trondheim, Norway-based designer of the handcrafted Harvest Font (2016), the vernacular typeface Barn Door Font (2015), Flattrack Font (2015), the handcrafted Quaint (2015, with James Lewis), and the rustic typefaces Blacksmith (2015) and Handmade Vintage (2015). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jørgen Håland

Designer in Bergen, Norway, who created the free blackletter typeface Svart in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Åsbo

Norwegian designer of the display typefaces Broadway (2018) and Sharp (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Olsen

Graphic designer in Oslo, Norway. I believe that made a text typeface in 2017, but the text around her posting on Behance is unclear in that respect. [Google] [More]  ⦿

June Aarseth

As a student at KHIB in Bergen, Norway, June Aarseth designed the decorative caps typeface The Most Amazing Font (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

June Sagli Holte

Norwegian designer of the purely geometric alphabet Combine (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juraj Kocar

Oslo, Norway-based creator of Marius Display (2014), a wavy bespoke typeface created for Marius. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaldt Lys

Bergen, Norway-based designer of the Latin and Cyrillic connect-the-dots typeface Alchelys (2019). It was inspired by Malachim. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kalle Graphics
[Karl Martin Sætren]

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 typeface 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).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karl Martin Sætren
[Kalle Graphics]

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Karl Petter Sandbæk

Designer of the lettering for traffic signs in Norway, called Trafikkalfabet (1965). This was digitized in 2006 by Jacob Øvergaard and from 2014-2020 by Arve Båtevik as Store Norske Trafikk. 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]  ⦿

[Ken Olling]

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.

On Behance, we read that Ken Olling (Oslo) is one of Katachi's men. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katrine Øvstegård

Kristiansund Nord, Norway-based creator of Siira (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ken Olling

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Kenneth Dahlstrøm Nordahl

Norwegian computer specialist at Høgskolen i Østfold. He created the icon font WriteSocial (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenneth Knutsen
[Good Type Foundry]

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Kevin-Paul Scarrott

Stavanger, Norway-based cartographer. In 2014, he created a typeface called UltiMap (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kim Hiorthøy

Norwegian designer at Function (Halvor Bodin's experimental design guerilla group) of Shinjuku, a semi-dingbat font published by FontShop in FUSE17. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kim Ruben Hansen Lockertsen

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[Kim Ruben Hansen Lockertsen]

Kim Ruben Hansen Lockertsen (b. 1985) is the Norwegian designer of the simple handwriting fonts High Sign (2007) and Kims Hand (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kine Marie Kapaasen Madsen

Eidsvoll, Norway-based designer of the counterless typeface Blake (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Knut S. Vikør: Arabic Macintosh site

Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Bergen, Norway. Fantastic page on Arabic fonts and font software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kokkei Mizu
[Digital Flame Studios]

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Konrad Alexander Kjeldstadli

Trondheim, Norway-based designer of a monoline script typeface (2018) that is inspired by a grocery store sign in Oslo that dates back to the 1950s. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristian Allen Larsen

Oslo-based designer and illustrator. In 2010, he created a didone display typeface with art deco motifs and a bit of Pistilli Roman, called Gotheco Regular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristian Dalen

Oslo-based designer of the fat finger font Jlee (2011).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristian Smevåg-Olsen

Norwegian youngster aka "Smevog" (b. 1989) who created the Gabriele 8008 Typewriter font in 2007. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristian Tennebø

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]  ⦿

Kristina Eriksen

During her studies in Stavanger, Norway, Kristina eriksen created he Greek simulation typeface Modern Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristine Kallevik

At Westerdals ACT in Oslo, Norway, Kristine Kallevik designed the sturdy Fabriken (2016), a typeface made to honour the industrialisation of Oslo and based on the letters used in the sign of the city's old sail cloth factory, Christiania Seildugsfabrik. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristofer Hoffmann Schärer

During his studies at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts Communication and Technology, Oslo, Norway-based Kristofer Hoffmann Schärer designed the Bauhaus-inspired blackletter stencil typeface Umlaut (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristoffer Aarak

Norwegian designer of the detached all caps typeface Detached (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristoffer Sekkelsten

Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. In 2009, he created an angry angular nameless typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyrre Honohan

Norwegian designer of Criminal Security (2006), an all-caps printed hand. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lars Langø

Graphic design student at NKF/NSCS in Trondheim, Norway. Behance link.

Creator of the stylish My Fat Font (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lars Olav Mørk

Blommenholm, Norway-based designer of the experimental all caps typeface Junky (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leif Frimann Anisdahl

Norwegian type designer. Some of his work:

  • The house fonts for NKL, designed in 1967 together with Carl Tørris Christensen. NKL, the Norges kooperative landsfor, used their work for in-house fonts and logotypes. The fonts were produced by Dagfinn Sæther.
  • Oslo Gothic, for Den norske Creditbank (DnC), 1973.
  • The Norsk Hydro typeface (1970), which was later digitized.
  • An all-caps typeface for Storebrand-Norden, 1970.
  • With Reidar Holtskog, he designed in 1990 a Bodoni/Gill hybrid now known as Det norske alfabet (the Norwegian alphabet). This beautiful typeface was used in travel brochures and elsewhere by the Norwegian Information and Foreign Office.
See here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lid & Wiken
[Natasha Lid]

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 typeface called Block.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ligature Collective

Ligature is a collective that provides a broad knowledge of vintage and modern typography. It is based in Trondheim, Norway, but has members from across the globe: Ahda Firdaus, Alex Timokhovsky, Alyson Brown, Antonio Rodrigues Jr, Christopher Craig, Danny Dek, Franz Jeitz, James Lewis, Jeremy Pruitt, Jeremy Teff, Joe Horacek, Joshua Noom, Justyna Frackiewicz, Jørgen Grotdal, Keith Tatum, Leo Kiricic, Lorenzo Natale, Mark Lozano, Moe Pike Soe, Nicolas Fredrickson, Noel Shiveley, Odds, Peter Bacallao, Ricardo Gonzales, Ricky Ray Lester Jr, Rob Brink, Sam Lee, Sydney Goldstein, Zane Kaiser. Typefaces designed by them include Quaint (2015, by James Lewis and Jorgen Grotdal), Woodland (Mark Van Leeuwen), and Timber (Mark Van Leeuwen). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lillemor Gull

Norwegian designer of the handwriting typeface Ir (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Illustrator and graphic designer located in Oslo, Norway. His/her typefaces:

  • Deco Stijl (2008). An art deco typeface inspired by Paris in the 1920s and De Stijl.
  • Snørypa (2008). A modular typeface made within the limitations of Letterrors.
  • Dadada (2008). A selection of dadaist characters. The typeface was made for the festival Scandale! Paris 1920 at The Barratt Due Institute of Music.
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Norwegian youngster, b. 1995. Creator at FontStruct of the pixel typeface Crackers (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Liv Hamar

Norwegian designer of Mycenaean (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludvig Bruneau Rossow
[Bureau Bruneau]

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Luth og Co

Norwegian font vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Madeleine Skjelland Eriksen

Graduate of the Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. Creator of a nice typographic logo called Reach (2010). She also created a high-contrast art deco typeface called Salonfähig (2010), the high-contrast Peignotian face Poirot in 2011, and the Norse experimental typeface Nørn (2011).

In 2012, Madeleine designed the hexagonal Etern typeface family.

In 2013, she designed Circ (circle-based). In 2014, she published the sans titling typeface Haandlagd. In 2015 she added Friends who Drink and in 2016 Oval.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mads Haugsted Rasmussen

Art director in Copenhagen. Norwegian creator of the prismatic typeface Seal (2012).

Cargocollective link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magnus Cederholm

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Magnus Holder Bjørk

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 (Magnus Osnes Design, Gjovik, Norway) created Rotan (2013), a sans typeface developed during a workshop held by Veronika Burian.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magnus Rakeng
[Melkeveien designkontor]

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Magnus Rakeng

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:

  • Pilot (1994, thirstype).
  • Envy (1996).
  • Telenor, designed by Magnus Rakeng&Stian Berger as part of the new corporate identity for Telenor.
  • Superduper (1999-2000).
  • Radio (1998), a fifties-style connected script. This is his most famous font. It was reinvented and made it to the new foundry Constellation in 2013. Always (2005) is a connected 1950's style typeface done with Stian Berger at Melkeveien. It was based on Radio.
  • The 4-year old children's handwriting font Amanda4 (free).
  • Radio (1998) was at the basis of later extensions, such as Quality (a custom typeface at Melkeveien done for Leo Burnett Chicago; a cooperation with Chester) and Always (2005, with Stian Berger at Melkeveien).
  • Eyecon (2005, designed with Thirstype).
  • With Stian Berger at Melkeveien he made Ålesund jugendstilsenter (2004, based on architect H. Schytte Berg's architectural lettering).
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Magnus Voll Mathiassen

Norwegian designer of the typeface for the visual identity of a music festival in bergen called Borealis (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcus Lien Gundersen

During his studies at Norges Kreative Fagskole in Trondheim, Norway, and at Solent University, Southampton, UK, Marcus Lien Gundersen designed these typefaces:

  • The great free bold architectural all-caps typeface Tracion (2014).
  • The creepy sharp-edged typeface Feral (2014, also free).
  • Floki (2014). A free rune simulation font.
Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcus Pedersen

Marcus Pedersen, a graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication, created the bilined typeface Illusory Sans during his studies in 2012. He now lives in Oslo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maren L. Knutsen

During her studies at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen Norway, in 2015 and 2016, Maren L. Knutsen (Fredrikstad, Norway) designed the modular typeface I Never Read and the ornamental caps typeface Modified Futura. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mari Drivdal Lie

Designer in Oslo who created Muridae (2012), a flowery ornamental caps typeface, and Borealis (2013, humanist sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Hammerstrøm

Graphic designer in Oslo, b. 1987. Creator of the avant garde sans family Universe (2009).

In 2013, she published the geometric custom typeface Huxley and created the identity typeface for Kunsthall Oslo.

Underfundig is her studio in Norway.

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Maria Iren Hellen

Oslo-based designer and illustrator, who hand-drew Lamp Font in 2013 during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marius Hole

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marius Holtmon

Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo, Norway. In 2011, he made the experimental histogram-based typeface Grafont. Designer of Erga (2013), a decorative geometric sans-serif typeface with a 3d beveled look.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marius Mellebye

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the spurred constructivist typeface 276Vintage (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marius Renberg

Norwegian [T-26] designer of the grunge typeface Helix (1994). Ran the outfit called Subtopia. Also available here. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marius Watz

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Mark Lund

Norwegian designer (b. 1992) of the fat brush typeface Lund (2012) and the squarish typeface Sibling Rivalry (2015). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marta Magnus

Norwegian designer of the typewriter typeface Mino (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marte Frøyse Vidvei

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]  ⦿

Marte Veys Berg

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 typeface has a monoline octagonal look. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marthe Frøshaug

Marthe Frøshaug (Gjovik, Norway) created the old style serif typeface Monde (2013) during her studies at Gjovik University College. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Holm
[Spacefish Productions]

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Martin Ihlang

Norwegian FontStructor (b. 1993) who made these typefaces in 2011: Mixed Ancient Text, Ancient Basic, Ancient New, Ancient Text With Letters. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martine Andersen

Norwegian graphic designer, who created New Typeface (2012, experimental), Marune Five (2012, runic simulation typeface), and Spacematter (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martine Bongard

Graphic designer in Oslo, Norway, who created the hipster typeface Phoenix in 2014. . [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martine Hage

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.

In 2013, Martine Hage and Guro Waagene co-designed Throne Sans, which is named after Johan Throne Holst (1868-1946).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matei Nichitescu
[MonoGram Design]

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Matias Klingsholm

Oslo-based graphic designer. He created the upright connected sans typeface Tails (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mats Maeland

Bømlo, Norway-based designer of Piety (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melkeveien designkontor
[Magnus Rakeng]

Norwegian design studio. They made the logotype Generator Group / Canal Digital (2003), the stencil typeface 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 typeface Radio) and the Jugendstil style typeface 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 typeface 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.

Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Hansen

Art direcrtor in Oslo, Norway, who has done corporate branding for amny international companies. In 2016, he designed the bilined caps-only typeface family MFF Strict Serif and the super-condensed techno typeface MFF Hell on Earth. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Patterson

Oslo-based designer of Rebbel Oblique (2013).

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Mikhail Kovalev

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)
[Stein V. Lund]

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]  ⦿

Milos Mitrovic
[Gradient (was: Mindburger Studio)]

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Miriam Sørli Onarheim

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moa Nordahl

Oslo-based designer of the ornamental caps alphabet Creeps (2010). He created some interesting typographic posters, such as Next Time Cards (2009).

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Mona Ulnes Flatåker

During her studies in Oslo, Norway, Mona Ulnes Flatåker designed the display typeface Subherbs (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

MonoGram Design
[Matei Nichitescu]

Matei Nichitescu (Monogram Design, Romania, and now Tønsberg, Norway) created these typefaces in 2014: Dendricula (connect-the-dots), Piper, Typewriter, Thinster, Monogram, Neon, Revolution, Printed Revolution, Halftone Revolution. In 2015, he added Designer, Chalk Bar and the handcrafted typefaces Manufactura (ultra tall) and Olive Oil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Frode Bo Helland]

Monokrom is a small independent type foundry based in Norway, founded by Frode Helland and Sindre Bremnes. 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:

  • Satyr (2012). A serifed work horse book typeface based on the principle of eliminating all straight line segments. It has airy pockets and counters.
  • Faunus (2012). Related to, but slightly different from Satyr.
  • Vinter (was: Noir) (2012). Vinter is a geometric sans-serif intended for titling: At its core lies an exaggerated classical rhythm and a geometric-humanist structure with contrasting opened and closed apertures. It has a rotated, not slanted, italic. Winner at TDC 2013.
  • Telefon (2012). Telefon is based on the lettering on the original Norwegian phone booths, drawn by architect Georg Fredrik Fasting in the 30s. Telefon is a general purpose geometric sans serif in three weights and was created by Sindre Bremnes.
  • Aften Screen (2012). They write: Aften is watching the sun set on the front porch with a pipe and a good book. Aften is doing the dishes, reading the news and listening to Bill Evans. Aften means evening, and its letterforms breathes the peaceful calm I depend upon to cope with everyday life. Drawn specifically to perform well on screens in small sizes.
  • In 2018, Frode Helland published Indikator (a humanist sans for lifestyle magazines) and Symphonie Grotesque at Indian Type Foundry.
  • In 2019, he released Astrup (Indian Type Foundry), a rational sans typeface that evokes France in the 1950s.
  • Griff (2019). Griff is a sans family with large x-height, almost open counters, and thinner strokes near the middle of the glyphs.
  • In 2020, he released Erika Hand at Indian Type Foundry. In 2021, he released the simple hand-printed typeface Comico, the 12-style General Sans (2017-2021; a rationalist sans that feels like France in the 1950s), the sourdough Brotschrift Numra (for literary typesetting), the LCD font Segment, and the 6-style dot matrix font Array at Fontshare.

Typecache link. Personal page of Frode Bo Helland. Fontshop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Moonbase Press (or: Dionaea)
[Svein Kåre Gunnarson]

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.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morten Halvorsen

Graduate of Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo. San Francisco-based associate creative director and art director at the ride-sharing company Lyft, who, in 2020, made the shaky handwriting font Shake, which is based on the handwriting of Halvorsen's mother, who is struck with Parkinson's disease. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morten Iveland
[The Infamous Foundry]

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Morten Krogstad

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Thomas Thiis-Evensen, Per Jæger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morten Talleivsen

Senior designer in Porsgrunn, Norway, who created the all caps sans typeface CWG Sans in 2013.

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

MyFonts: Norse typefaces

View a selection of Norse typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natasha Lid
[Lid & Wiken]

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Nina Helland Sortland

Designer in Oslo who created Hung Up Icons (2016) and April (2016, an all caps sans display typeface). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jon Forss]

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.

Typefaces by them include Heroine (2008), a titling typeface created for Very Elle Magazine, and Otto (2009, their first commercial family).

Gridiron (2013-2014) is a custom typeface family commissioned by ESPN magazine for their 2013 College Football Preview issue. Three versions of the Gridiron typeface were developed for different applications: The lightest weight, Quarterback, is used for headlines. The two bolder weights are Fullback and the more intricately structured Touchdown. These three styles cover the entire spectrum from athletic lettering to labyrinthine extravaganza.

The hipster typeface Coleman Air (2015) is a special version of their Nomi typeface, created for Coleman's Japanese catalogue of outdoor gear.

In 2017, for SModa Magazine, they designed the summa cum laude partly curvy typeface Sølve.

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

Northern European Languages and Fonts

Great links page on Old English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Celtic and Germanic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Norway Design Manual
[Per Olav Walmann]

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 until 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
[Frode Nordbø]

Norwegian Ink is an Oslo-based graphic design/ motion design studio. At Dafont, one can download the rounded cheese air pocket typeface "Laurel or Hardy" (2009), the futuristic Elektrofant (2009), Happy Squid (2010) and JUSTIFYlazy (2009), the pixel typeface 3x3 Font For Nerds (2011), the blocky outline typeface Salty (2011), and the counterless Quart 07 (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Not my type: the centuries-long identity crisis of Scandinavian typography

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]  ⦿

Oda Sofie Granholt

Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. She created a beautiful all caps display typeface called Run Away (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oda Wahl

During her studies at Westerdals Oslo Act in Oslo, Norway, Oda Wahl designed the hipster unicase typeface Pablo (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Odd Einar Haugen

Odd Einar Haugen (b. 1954) is professor of Old Norse Philology (norrøn filologi) at the University of Bergen, Norway. He was born and grew up in Lunde, Telemark, but moved to Bergen in 1973 when he began his studies at the university. He obtained his PhD from that university in 1992 and became professor there in 1993. At the Department of Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Bergen, Norway, he maintained interesting pages on rune fonts. He wrote: 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. His typefaces:

  • Gullskoen (1996). The font Gullskoen contains approx. 150 characters from the younger rune alphabet: the main forms and some variants of the long twig runes, the short twig runes, the staveless runes, and the Nordic medieval runes (including forms from Gotland, Iceland, and Greenland). The font does not represent a single futhark, but contains runic forms from a wide geographical area and from a period of several hundred years. The largest number of variants are Norwegian. ullskoen is named after one of the buildings on the wharf (Bryggen) in Bergen. After the fire in 1955, a large number of inscriptions in the younger runes were found in the grounds here.
  • Gullhornet (2001). The font Gullhornet contains 109 characters from the older rune alphabet, both common Germanic runes and Anglo-Saxon and Frisian ones. In addition to the approx. 40 standard characters in these futharks there are approx. 60 variants and 9 signs for punctuation and diacritical marks. Gullhornet is named after one of the best known Danish inscriptions in the older runes, found in 1734, later stolen and lost, but documented through drawings and copies.
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Odd-Andreas Våge

Norwegian designer of the black sans display typeface Median Burner (1999, Contrazt Design). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ole Erik Sandbakken

While studying at NKF, Ole Erik Sandbakken designed the artsy Sand Font (2011), a piano key pair of typefaces with gothic roots. Ole lives in Trondheim, Norway. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ole Fredrik Ekern

Norwegian graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. In 2010, he made Gami, a font in 2D and 3D versions based on origami paper folding. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ole Lund

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 Martin Volle

Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication, Oaslo, Norway. Behance link. Creator of Strung Serif (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ole T. Ystenes

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Ole-Marius T. Storfjell

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]  ⦿

Ole-Sigurd Walla

Graphic designer from Oslo. He created the minimalist rganic Mellow Sans (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olga Koelsch

Watercolor artist and illustrator living in Norway whose watercolor illustrations often feature nice scripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Optician Sans
[Simen Schikulski]

Optician Sans (2018) is a free typeface based on the ten historical optotype letters seen on millions of eye charts worldwide. It is a custom font by Fabio Duarte Martins commissioned by Anti Hamar for one of their clients, Optiker-K, a family-held Norwegian business, providing optometrist services since 1877. Github link. The project was art directed by Simen Schikulski (Norway). Github link for Schikulski.

A historical timeline of optotypes:

  • Snellen (1862). Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen developed the Snellen chart in 1862, based on a strict 5 by 5 unit grid.
  • Sloan (1959). Louise Sloan designed ten letters in 1959, following the same principles as the Snellen chart, but without the serifs. It was a predecessor of the logMAR charts typically seen in optometrists' offices today. The logMAR charts were developed by National Vision Research Institute of Australia.
  • Optician Sans (2018). Optician Sans is a fully functional typeface and a continuation of the historical Snellen and Sloan letters. It is optically adjusted for readability to be used as a fully functional display typeface.
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[Carina Cosenza Christensen]

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.

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Kernest link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Øyvin Rannem

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Oviya Research

Organization for Tamil typography. Includes an informative essay by Jeyachandran Kopinath. Last known live link (now dead). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Patricia Stocheci

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the monospaced Cyrillic simulation typeface Arhaic (2015) and of Impossible Letters (2015, Escherian characters). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Patrick Evensen Markussen

During his studies, Harstad, Norway-based Patrick Evensen Markussen designed the free fat finger font Lumberman (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peder Hiis

Bergen, Norway-based designer of a simple modular sans typeface called BWSR (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peirik Pettersen

Designer and cinematographer in Oslo, Norway. In 2014, Peirik created Standard Grotesque during studies towards a BA in graphic design at Westerdals ACT in Oslo, Norway. Standard Grotesque is a a functional sans serif based on optically corrected geometric shapes. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Per Jæger

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Thomas Thiis-Evensen, Morten Krogstad [Google] [More]  ⦿

Per Olav Walmann
[Norway Design Manual]

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Per Olof Rizell

Per Olof Rizell's free runic fonts Runar and OlofR, truetype for Windows. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petter Danielsen

Norwegian designer of the connect-the-dots typeface Wiretype (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petter Samuelsen

Graphic design student at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo, Norway. In 2011, he made a counterless black typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petter Torgersen Myhr

During his studies in Oslo, Petter Torgersen Myhr designed the free sans typeface Vaageby Sans (2016), which is Vaageby Sans is based on vernacular type seen in the old Rodeløkka neighborhood of Oslo. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Predrag Milivojevic

From Belgrade, Predrag Milivojevic's free Cyrillic truetype font, CRenfrewItalic. Over here, he has C_Sveti_NIKOLA (1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Prikken over Stien
[Audun Stien]

Audun Stien, a graphic designer from Oslo, is based in Melbourne, Australia. He created the high-contrast fashion mag typeface Strax (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Psion Symbol

Free, the Psion Symbol truetype font for use in mathematics. With Greek symbols. Adapted from a Monotype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Norwegian design studio which made some typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raquel Maya Marques

Bergen, Norway-based designer of the typeface Origami (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rashid Akrim

Oslo-based designer who made the hand-printed Rev (2009) and Festival Jomfruer (2010, all caps). Aka huskmelk. Blog. Alternate URL. Fontspace link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Studio in Bergen, Norway, that involves art director Thomas Dahl Birkeland and graphic designer Peder Hiis. Together, they designed Ingis 05 (2016), which was drawn by 10-year old Ingebjøborg. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Renate B. Hagen

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the free text typeface Kraketaer (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robin Mientjes
[Tiny Type Co]

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Roger S. Nelsson

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Ronja Knudtsen

Norwegian creator of the handwriting typefaces Heavy Love and Soft Rock (2009, Fontcapture). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ruben Mac-Lean

Graphic designer in Oslo. Ruben created the avant garde family Cocaine (2010), which is based on Panda by Alexis Marcou. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rune Bjørnerås

Norwegian designer of the free monolinear monospaced typeface Victor Mono (2019). It comes in seven weights and Roman, Italic and Oblique styles, and covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Runic bibliography

Runic bibliography by Jan Axelson (Stockholm/Uppsala), James E. Knirk (Oslo) and Jonas Nordby (Oslo). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Runological projects at NCCH

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]  ⦿

Sander Petersen

Stavanger, Norway-based creator of a sans typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Haugen

Oslo-based designer of the curly typeface Saltet (2016), which is based on traditional pen strokes and Norwegian ornaments. Saltet was finished during her studies at Westerdals ACT in Oslo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saral Fonts

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]  ⦿

Sigbjørn Sørensen

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).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silje Nyløkken

Graphic design graduate from the WSoC in Oslo.

In 2011, she created the geometric experimental face Wratex, and the high-contrast piano key typeface Connect (2011).

In 2012, she added the refined connected semi-script typeface Continuum, the tattoo typeface Aboard, and the art deco marquee typeface Accent.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silly silly truetype font page

About 40 freeware truetype fonts at this Norwegian archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silo Design
[Susanne Cerha]

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]  ⦿

Simen Schikulski
[Optician Sans]

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Simon Egli

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.

In 2016, Simon published the free superfamilies Sean Slab and Sean Sans. The typeface is about to be renamed Canola. Github link for Metapolator: Canola is the first typeface created using Metapolator. It includes Sean Devanagari.

As part of his Biblia Libre project, he addded Bold and Italic to Apostrophic Lab's free Day Roman font family (2020), which is based on François Guyot's 16th century types. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sindre Bremnes

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:

  • Riks and Riks Negative (2012-2017). A pair of free stencil typefaces that are based on the seven letters adorning the sides of the Riks telephone kiosk, designed by architect Georg Fredrik Fasting in 1932.
  • Mønster (2014, Monokrom). A Western slab serif typeface with Persian and Turkish components.
  • Satyr (2012). A serifed work horse book typeface based on the principle of eliminating all straight line segments. It has airy pockets and counters.
  • Faunus (2012). Related to, but slightly different from Satyr.
  • Telefon (2012). Telefon is based on the lettering on the original Norwegian phone booths, drawn by architect Georg Fredrik Fasting in the 30s. Telefon is a general purpose geometric sans serif in three weights and was created by Sindre Bremnes.

Typecache link. Personal page of Frode Bo Helland. Fontshop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Dead link. Interesting type pages on old Norwegian lettering. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Snøhetta Design

Studio in Oslo. Creators of the corporate typeface Avinor Sans (2014) for Avinor, a company that owns and operates 46 airports in Norway. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Søren Hornum

Trondheim, Norway-based designer of the extended techno font Beta (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Spacefish Productions
[Martin Holm]

Martin Holm (was: Spacefish Productions) is the Norwegian designer of the bouncy fat display typeface Blueberry Foxhound (1999, a bouncy almost comic book face), Zebra-Ztripez (1999), Martin (1999), and Hollywood (1999). He also made Phat Blox (2009).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Statens Kartverk

Norwegian cartography outfit that sells three symbol fonts with holiday/outdoors/sports glyphs ("Symbolfonter for Friluftsliv og Sport"). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefan Ellmer
[Ellmer Stefan & Johannes Lang]

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Steffen Kørner Ludvigsen

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]  ⦿

Steffen Ludvigsen

Norwegian graphic designer, b. 1990. Creator of the ultra-fat Big Fat Ugly Cow (2008), which has filledin counters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stein Strindhaug

Born in Oslo in 1982, Stein Strindhaug is a developer. He designed the artificial language fonts Qvasi Chalem (2007), Qvasi Pen Font (2007) and Qvasi Runes Font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stein V. Lund
[Millenium Calendar 99 (was SWWE)]

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Steve André Skog

Graphic designer in Bergen, Norway, who created an untitled brush font in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stian Berger

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 typeface Radio) and the Jugendstil style typeface Ålesund jugendstilsenter (2004, based on architect H. Schytte Berg's architectural lettering). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stian W. Bugten

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. Klingspor link. Die Gestalten link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stieve Hansen

Norwegian designer of the paper fold typeface Shin Ai (2011). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stig Taftø

Graphic designer in Oslo. He used FontStruct in 2008 to create these typefaces: 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]  ⦿

Stine Strand

Drammen, Norway-based designer of Whitstrand (2015), a simplified display font that was inspired by the skeleton of Whitney HCF. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Store Norske Skriftkompani
[Arve Båtevik]

Norwegian type designer, b. 1991, who graduated from Westerdals School of Art in Oslo in 2015 and ECAL in 2017. At ECAL in Lausanne, he finished an MA in Art Direction and completed an exhaustive comparative study of the Geometric Sans genre. He joined Lineto in 2017 and returned to Norway in 2020, where he set up his own commercial type foundry, Store Norske Skriftkompani, in Volda. His typefaces:

  • During his studies at Westerdals in Oslo, Arve Båtevik created the display typeface Toulouse (2014). Toulouse consists of a basic sans skeleton. Arve then added two weights, one in a 2 to 1 ratio, and one in a 1 to 2 ratio. This allows for some great designs for logos and posters.
  • In 2015, from his then base in Zurich, he created Sagen Grotesk as an interpretation of Schelter Grotesk (after Schelter Breite Grotesk, 1886), and developed Passelig Sans from the bottom up.
  • With Maura Paolozzi, he co-designed LL Prismaset A and B at Lineto (2003-2017). Both LL Prismaset A and LL Prismaset B are based on Rudolf Koch's Prisma (1930).
  • LL Supreme (2020, Lineto). He writes: LL Supreme presents a new take on Paul Renner's Futura (1927). [...] Working against the current tendency of interpolating entire families, each cut of LL Supreme was drawn separately and, as a consequence, has its own identity.
  • LL Ruder Plakatschrift. Done with Hans-Christian Pulver.
  • Store Norske Jazz Book & Italic (2015-2020) and Store Norske Jazz (2021). A sans typeface inspired by Frutiger's Univers and Hoefer's Permanent. In the end it is closer to Univers and a bit more playful (which is not hard---Frutiger's fonts are hardly playful). He writes: Store Norske Jazz is a typeface well within the aesthetically dodgy territory of the contrasted sans serif.
  • Store Norske Tyggis (2016-2020). A prismatic typeface that extends the phototype Or (1967, Andy Song for Studio Hollenstein).
  • Store Norske Trafikk Medium & Italic (2014-2020). A constructed sans serif, based on the Norwegian road sign typeface Trafikkalfabetet (Karl Petter Sandbaek, 1965, for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration). Trafikkalfabetet is modeled after the German road sign typeface DIN 1451, and the British road sign typeface Transport.
  • Store Norske Brus (2017-2020). Mecano-inspired letters.
  • Store Norske Foto Book & Italic (2015-2020). A sans that pays homage to phototype.
  • Store Norske Mekaniske (2020). A constructivist typeface based on the lettering on Akers Mekaniske Verksted's shipyard workshop in Oslo.
  • Store Norske Maleri (2020): Store Norske Maleri is a remix of Ehmcke's Mediaeval (Designed in 1917, published by Schriftgiesserei D. Stempel AG in 1920). I find the original intriguing in many ways, especially how he managed to sneak so many circles, triangles and squares---while still maintaining a rough arts and crafts aesthetic. In my version the capitals are quite true to the original, although I did put some more circles, triangles and squares in there. The lowercase, numbers and the remaining characters deviate quite a bit from the original.
  • Store Norske Stilig (2021). A colour remix and elaboration of a display phototype named Indigo by Andy Song (1936-1995), which was designed in 1972 for Studios Hollenstein Phototypo in Paris. In addition to the colour font, Stilig exists in Dark, Light, Solid and Open styles.
  • Store Norske Funksjon (2021). A display colour geometric solid font, based on a lettering alphabet by Erich Mollowitz that was featured in Moderne Vindusreklame [Modern Window Advertisement] (1933, Knut Schjefstad in 1933), an instructional book on shop front decoration. Knut Schjefstad (1905-1943) is best known for playing the long neck banjo in Norway's first jazz orchestra Sixpence.
  • Store Norske Ja (2021). A sans typeface that started out as a revival of Akzidenz Grotesk.
  • Store Norske Samvirke (2020) is an all-caps typeface based on the lettering found on the Oslo Samvirkelag store in the Kampen city district.
  • Store Norske Neon (2020-2021) is a remix of the Metall Standardbokstaver alphabet used by the sign makers at Neon Electric Limited AS, which was operational in the 1950s. Neon Electric was one of the main neon sign suppliers in Norway. They created signage for big events and important buildings, like the signs for the Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics and the Deichmanske Bibliotek [Oslo's Main Public Library].
  • Store Norske Bygg (2020-2021) is a monospaced typeface based on a lettering found on the offices of Frimann Bye & Winsvold A, a mortar and construction supplier in Oslo, in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Store Norske Tango (2016-2021). A geometric typeface that sprung out of Arve Båtevik's MA diploma at ECAL in Lausanne. The project was based on Intertype Vogue (1930), the American response to the geometric wave in Europe in the 1920s. Store Norske Tango builds on Vogue's naiveté, according to Arve. It is more rude and playful, as it focuses on pure geometric shapes, with almost no optical correction. Most letters are nearly monolinear. The typeface has old school hyper slanted italics, often found in early sans serifs, offering two options for the degrees of tilt.
  • Store Norske Magi (2021). A sans family.
  • Store Norske Graut (2021). A wonderful rounded sans family that includes a Mono style.
  • Store Norske Skandia (2021). Arve explains its roots: Store Norske Skandia is a remix of "Skiltskrift", a typeface made for the redesign of Norwegian National Railway (NSB) in 1977. In 1973, Knut Skuland became the director of NSB. The company's communication was eclectic, and he wanted to unify their visual identity. They first bought the rights to use the British Rail identity. Skuland spoke with the director of the Danish National Railways who had bought the same identity some years before. The Danish director convinced Skuland of the impact the identity would have on Norway's visual culture. Skuland then decided to put together a team to reshape the British Rail identity, to fit the Norwegian environment and frame of mind. He commissioned industrial designer Odd Thorsen, art historian and Alf 130e, and designers John Engen, Knut Harlem, Paul Brand, Ruedi a Porta and Arild Eugen Johansen. They redesigned everything from the trains and uniforms to the type and colours. Paul Brand collaborated with a paint factory in Nittedal, to produce a colour blue that would be dark enough to contrast the white type, but still bright enough to be perceived as blue in dark Norwegian lighting conditions. The typeface is similar to the British Rail Alphabet in weight, but is a lot softer and more geometric. Unfortunately, many of the people involved in the project have passed away. I have spoken with John Engen, Halvor Thorsen (son of Odd), Paul Brand, Ruedi a Porta and Arild Eugen Johansen and none of them have any clear answers to who actually designed the typeface. But if there ever was a Norwegian grotesk from the modernist era, this is it. The original typeface was a single bold cut made for signage, and for the rest of the identity they used Helvetica. I have extrapolated on the "Skiltskrift" design, and made it into a small family of three weights, with matching italics.
  • Store Norske Baguette (2022). A primitive all caps sans based on several old French signage typefaces.
  • Store Norske Stempel (2022). After an alphabet used for certain texts on old Norwegian license plates (See also Store Norske Jernskrift.)
  • Store Norske Jernskrift (2022). Store Norske Jernskrift is a typeface based on the numbers found on old Norwegian number plates. He explains: On the 17th of january 1929, new regulations for car number plates took effect in Norway. They were referred to as Vertikal Jernskrift [vertical iron letters]. The design is similar to local hand painted roadsigns of the era. Most, if not all, were produced at Christiania Chablon & Stempelfabrikk (G. Enderle, 1904-1933) and Mignon Chablon & Stempelfabrikk (Jallik Johnsen, Wilh Olsen, 1931-1958).

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Strappado, or Daily Atheist, is the Norwegian designer of the blackletter brush typeface Fundamentalist (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿


A few truetype fonts including the rune font NeoNordic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Subtle patterns
[Atle Mo]

Atle Mo (Subtle Patterns, Norway) created the typeface Subtle Sans (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes

Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes (b. Stavanger, Norway) was based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is now in Oakland, CA. In 2012-2013, she studied towards an M.A. in Type Design at the KADK (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art School of Design). 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. Ricochet can be bought at Future Fonts.

Earlier work by her includes some calligraphy, a corporate typeface for the KADK (2012), and an unnamed slab serif typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Norwegian design and type magazine edited by Norwegian designer Halvor Bodin. On-line, handy PDF files. Discussion papers include an essay on blackletter type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susanne Cerha
[Silo Design]

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Svein Kåre Gunnarson
[Moonbase Press (or: Dionaea)]

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Svein Ligaard

During his studies, Oslo-based Svein Ligaard designed the rune-inspired typeface Haarfagre (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sven Mattis Folkestad

Norwegian creator of the black cheese font No Dice (2010). Home page. He works at NRK as a web developer, designing games and working in multimedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tamil Web

Font links for Tamil. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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]  ⦿

The European Computer Modern Fonts

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
[Morten Iveland]

Morten Iveland (The Infamous Foundry) is a Bodo, Oslo-based graphic designer. Creator of the bold rounded typefaces Bolda Display (2008) and Hugo (2008-2009, counterless and obese).

In 2010, he started work on an avant-garde extravaganza to honor Herb Lubalin, simply called Herbie. It was published in 2012.

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.

In 2014, he published the geometric sans typeface Illumini.

Cargocollective link. Another Cargocollective link. Behance link. Infamous Foundry link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

The Pyte Foundry
[Ellmer Stefan]

The Pyte Foundry was established in 2015 by Ellmer Stefan in Oslo, Norway. During the course of the year 2016 Ellmer Stefan released a new free display font every consecutive Monday. They explain: Paying tribute to the typographic diversity of the 19th century, this project's aim is not historical accuracy---none of the typefaces are strict revivals of specific typefaces produced in the Victorian era. It is rather a revival in spirit---indulging into stylistic manifoldness and idiosyncratic hyperbolism. The digital fonts are generated using a component-based system that globally applies changes made to independently adjustable letter parts, such as stems or serifs. This approach mirrors the production methods envisioned for the making of wood types around 1880: in American Wood Type 1818-1900 (Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York; 1969) historian Rob Roy Kelly refers to a series of inventions by William H. Page using interchangeable modules in the creation of wood type letters enabling the rapid manufacturing of new styles.

The list of typefaces from 2016: Prhyme, Alcove, Mortar, Plakat, Cabaret, Antique, Galore (piano key style), Lyrics, Protocol, RoutineA, RoutineB, Routine C, KinkA, Kink B, Moloch, Symptom, Residue (ultra-condensed), Perdu (Western, Italian), Turmoil, Polymer, Houdini (wide slab serif), Umbra (shaded style), Montage (mechano style), Flounce (Tuscan Western font), Throng (piano key style), Italian (reversed stress style), Epitome (ultra-condensed didone), Overdose (Italian), Overdone, Gyrator, Henry I, Plumb A, Blockage, Seryph (stitching font), Octango (a chiseled typeface), Potpourri (decorative caps), Persiflage, Radiator Italic, Ortho (octagonal), Nihilist, Errata, Dosage, Radiator, Vulture, Filocalus, Latency, Postulate, Syzygy, Cuneiform, Cuneimorf, Absolu (a great decorative titling typeface family), QFWFQ.

In 2016, he designed Levvel Script (brushy), and Sentralen Oslo.

Skald (2017) is a set of three typefaces designed for a series of classics issued by Norwegian publishing house Skald Forlag.

In 2018, he designed the custom type system Diller Scofidio + Renfro (for the New York-based architecture firm).

In 2019, they released Triptych (Roamn, Italick, Grotesque). He writes: Triptych consists of three distinct styles amplifying the notion of structural differentiation within a typeface family. The triplet of Roman, Italick [sic] and Grotesque is designed to take on clearly defined hierarchical functions in a typographic system. Roman and /Italick are irreverently free interpretations of the sturdiest of all sturdy book faces ever produced, namely O.S. (Old Style Antique No.7 by Miller & Richard of Edinburgh first issued in 1858). Most probably not designed by Miller & Richard's prime punchcutter Alexander Phemister. Despite its name, Triptych is of secular, utilitarian nature: its unsentimental, at times mechanical drawing makes for a stubbornly robust and economic design. Bare any bourgeois flamboyance it is suited for confident and hardworking typography. Where other typefaces are promoted as workhorses, this one is a mule.

Also, for the celebration of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland's 150th birthday in 2019, he released the wedge serif roman inscriptional capital typeface Gustav Display. Still in 2019, he added the bespoke flared lapidary typeface Hamran and the custom typeface Aurlands Display.

In 2020, he designed the economical sans family Oslo Sans for the City Council of Oslo. He also released Compagnie, a set of three typefaces that are a digest of various French and Swiss wood type Grotesques from the second half of the 19th century. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Olofsson

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the octagonal typeface 3D Space (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Thiis-Evensen

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Morten Krogstad, Per Jæger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thor Christopher Arisland

Oslo-based designer (b. 1986) of i8080 (2017: old computer screen emulation font), Manos (2017), Modum (2017), Monomod (2017), the tall serif typeface Roland (2017), the modular monoline monospace sans typeface Borgen (2017), Sullivan (2017), Inverted Stencil (2017), the high-contrast sans High Society (2017), and the slim slab serif typeface Klub Katz (2017).

Typefaces from 2018: Hothead, Anderson, Nodes, Salome (art nouveau style), Dirdy Birdy (calligraphic and inky), Betong (stencil), Solid Sans, College Sans, Giovanni, Cardboard Cutout, ZX80.

Typefaces from 2019: Brush Off (brush script). Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thor Johannes Wang

Founder of and designer at Punktum Finale. Oslo-based creator of the sans typeface Byx (2012).

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Tini Malitius

German designer based in Bergen, Norway. In 2012, he created a custom typeface that was inspired by the movie They Live. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tiny Type Co
[Robin Mientjes]

Tiny Type Co. was established by Dutch graphic and type designer Robin Mientjes in 2016, in Oslo, Norway. Robin writes about herself: Robin Mientjes is a genderqueer feminist type designer, with an obsession for baking, cooking, and thoughtful graphic design. She's been designing for print and web for fifteen years, and studied at the KABK. Her typefaces:

  • She contributed to the open source font project Open Baskerville (2009).
  • Dover Display in Sans and Serif versions (2012-2016), with some contrast, sharp edges, and historic influences from the British types Caslon and Gill Sans. Dover Text (Sans and Serif) followed in 2017. Mientjes: Dover Serif Text is a modern Caslon, and Dover Sans Text is the Gill Sans you've always wanted to pair it with. Together, they do it all.
  • Hume (2016): a collection of sans and display typefaces for the redesign of BNordaaker.
  • Peaches. A pixel font designed for a comic book artist.
  • Charlotte Greeven. A high-contrast didone typeface created for fashion designer and illustrator Charlotte Greeven.
  • Antikva. An angular design based on Oldrich Menhart's Manuskript Antikva (1943). It was developed during her studies at KABK.
  • Monumental Grotesk (2016). Based on the architectural lettering of Piet Zwart for his friend, Hendrik Berlage.

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Tobias Baeck

Designer in Oslo. At Fontspace, one can find his free fonts. These include the octagonal typeface True Blood (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tom Lenartowicz

Oslo, Norway-based graphic designer. Creator of the multiline typeface Bird (2015) and the fun Finger Flickin Good (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tommy Larsen

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).

In 2014, now based in Oslo, he designed the free rounded sans typeface Queensway and Spruce. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tone Hansen

Norwegian designer. Museum X (2005, co-designed with Halvor Bodin and Claudia C. Sandor) was a custom type done for Museum X for kunst/arkitektur/design. An example can be seen here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tone Helåsaunet Johansen

During her graphic design studies in Trondheim, Norway, Tone Helåsaunet Johansen designed the hipster typeface Ankre (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Too Late 2l8

Freeware DOS bitmap font editor. By by Jouni Miettunen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Torbjorn Sandbakk

Norwegian designer based in Gjøvik, who studies at Gjøvik University College. Behance link.

Creator of Skipta (2012, an angular typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Torbjørn Eng
[Torbjørn Engs typografisider]

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Torbjørn Engs typografisider
[Torbjørn Eng]

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 typeface 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]  ⦿

Torgeir Holm

Born in Sarpsborg, Norway, in 1973, Torgeir Holm designed the pixel font Invaders (1998), and the display typefaces Thank Heaven Bold (2001), Egzfont v1.0 (2001), (...) (2001) and Bonedog (2001). From 1997 until 2001, he worked at Union Design as a graphic designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Torleiv Sverdrup

Norwegian freelance graphic designer since the mid 1980s. He joined the P22 crew in 2008. His fonts there:

  • Late November (2008) is a transitional Antiqua-inspired type design made for text and display.
  • Hoy (2008) is a decorative semi-uncial font whose name derives from one of the Orkney Islands.
  • Spiggie (2008) is an art deco sans-serif, named for a Shetland beach.
  • P22 Mai Pro (2009) is a new transitional antiqua.
  • P22 Coda Pro (2009) is a simple slightly artsy sans family.
  • P22 Kirkwall Pro (2010) is a flared serif design.
  • P22 Ornes Pro (2010) is inspired by the runic alphabet with ornamentation based on the woodcarvings of the Urnes Stave Church (Norway), an old wooden church dating back to 1150 CE.
  • P22 Speyside (2010) is a round, curved and controlled sans serif with an additional set of decorated uppercase letters, initials and small caps. The font is inspired by the local handicraft at a small place in Tobago called Speyside, the batik in particular. The delightful P22 Speyside Light Initials typeface is for fish lovers.
  • P22 Foxtrot and P22 Foxtrot Sans (2010) are large transitional families---the sans is really a hybrid with a serif, flared and all [not to be confused with any of the three older Foxtrot typefaces, by Ross Milne, Tom C. Lai or J. Marquez].
  • P22 Ainabee (2016). An art deco typeface family that has some stencil styles.
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Trond Aslak Øvrum

Norwegian designer in Trondheim. He created the sans typefaces Grot (2016), Eurostile Nova (2004) and Adressa (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Trondheim Type Club (or: HelloTypo)

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]

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. After several years of teaching at Norway's Bergen Academy of the Arts she took on a professorship of type and typography at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle in 2008. She has a degree in communication design from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz and an MFA in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts. Klingspor link. Her fonts:

  • PTL Roletta Ornaments, PTL Roletta Slab, PTL Roletta Sans, 2004-2010. A rounded family published at Primetype.
  • PTL Skopex Gothic (5 weights) and Serif (3 weights) for a total of 96 fonts, published at Primetype and Typecuts (2000-2006) (see also here). She says: Spektro (now PTL Skopex) was customized for the new identity system of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Under the supervision of Jan Jancourt and Matthew Rezac several new weights were added to the original family. In addition, the letters of the word MCAD were slightly altered and turned into a logotype font that works with the whole Spektro family.
  • DasDeck (2001), a family ranging from thin octagonal to thick stencil.
  • WeddingSans (2002), a contemporary sans family, quite useful.
  • Haircrimes No. 1 through 4 (2001), a modular and slightly crazy set of fonts.
  • Switch (2002): geometric and unicase.
  • Stitch-Me (2001).
  • Mimesis (2001), a typographic experiment.
  • Volvox (2001), five caleidoscopic fonts.
  • Custom fonts such as Burg Grotesk (2011-2013, for Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle, Germany), Burg Mono (2014, its monospaced version), Eastern Columbia (2005, commissioned by Reverb Studio), Los Angeles, Viceroy (2007; with Verena Gerlach; for the Viceroy Hotel in-house style), Broadway Hollywood Script (2005, commissioned by Reverb Studio), Los Angeles, and Trivium (2005, commissioned by Anne Burdick, the Offices of Anne Burdick, Los Angeles).
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[Øyvin Rannem]

Øyvin Rannem's Norwegian type portal. Has a good lexicon (in Norwegian). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Umer Ahmed

Oslo, Norway-based designer of the Urdu simulation typeface Alif (2015) and the high-contrast poster typeface Modest (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Union Design
[Halvor Bodin]

Born in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1964, Halvor Bodin co-started Union Design, and made Amp (at Superlow), and BurieDog (at FUSE 17, FontShop). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Urdu Channel

Syed Adnan Ahmed's page on Urdu word processing (Sadaf word processor). Download the free Kaatib font. Dead link removed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Uwe Zimmermann

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Vicente designed the horror font Occultus Schwarts (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victor Berland

Vormedal, Norway-based designer of the free squarish typeface Geometrix (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Uwe Zimmermann]

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]  ⦿

We Make
[Emil Bonsaksen]

Norwegian outfit in Valderøy. Emil Bonsaksen created the handwriting typeface Hi Emil (2009). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wolfgang Leister

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]  ⦿

[Jacob Øvergaard]

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]  ⦿

[Gøran Frilstad]

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]  ⦿

Yngvild Sørheim

Designer of the monoline display typeface Enlightdeco (2014). Ingvild is based in Stavanger, Norway. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yorel Cayla

French graphic designer whose studio, WA75, cofounded with Laurent Meszaros, is located in Paris. In 2010-2011, Yorel made Oslo for wayfinding and signage in Oslo. La Quartier (2008-2011) is a sturdy sans typeface. In 2014, WA75 made the heavy sans typeface Mama, and in 2015, it published the geometric sans Salt. [Google] [More]  ⦿