A graduate from Wydziale Grafiki ASP and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, Mateusz Machalski is a graphic designer who finds particular enjoyment in old wood type and signage. As the co-founder of Borutta, a visual production studio and creative group in Poland, his work is centered upon typography, visual branding, and corporate identity. His canon includes a family of 42 fonts for the Tupperware corporation, art direction for Warsawholic Magazine, and he also designed the visual identity for the Lech Wa??sa Solidarity Award.
Magiel PRO is a bold, geometric display family inspired by Polish banners from the Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa (PRL) era when Poland experienced heavy influence from the Soviet Union. Magiel PRO is particularly based upon original designs dating from 1945 through 1989, with intentional construction “mistakes” that lend authenticity to its letterforms, an aspect that was the most challenging part of its creation.
The initial design phase was the process that Mateusz most enjoyed, including the digitization of his sketches and the preparation of the basic letter set. He particularly favors the Black “g” and Hairline “a.”
Consisting of two weights, hairline Thin and a robust Black, Magiel PRO is more than just a simple display font. While the latter is ideal for eye-catching signage, posters, headlines, logos, and strong advertising, the leaner lines of the former are surprisingly adaptable to web content, mobile applications, and editorials. The two weights complement one another flawlessly, bringing a fresh vitality to branding and identity projects.
Magiel PRO offers localized forms and stylistic alternates while providing language support for Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, and Cyrillic, including a Bulgarian set.
Through April 5, 2017, Magiel PRO is on sale for 50% off of it’s regular price.
To see more of Mateusz Machalski’s type designs available through YouWorkForThem, visit and bookmark his portfolio – you won’t want to miss his future additions! He’s currently working on Nocturne Pro, an extended version of the free regular style available from the Warsaw Types project. “Nocturne is inspired by the lettering on stone tablets commemorating the victims of World War II, and pre-war Jewish shop signage,” Mateusz told us. Nocturne features clean geometrical shapes with high contrast a modernist character.
Mateusz is also involved in the Bona Nova Project, the digitization of the Bona typeface designed in 1971 by Andrzej Heidrich, author of Polish banknotes. It’s a two-part adventure that begins with the digitization of the original Bona sketches and ends with cooperation from Andrzej Heidrich, an effort that will culminate in two completely new styles of Bona: Regular and Bold.