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Cera Round Pro Conveys Warmth And Sincerity

Operated by Nils Thomsen in Hamburg, and Jakob Runge in Munich, TypeMates foundry offers a diverse assortment of type designs in addition to providing custom work for clients. “We don’t believe that typefaces are neutral or purely functional systems for reading, rather that they are a visual language with emotional values,” they told us. Becoming…




Rival: A Slab Serif With Calligraphic Rhythm

While Olivier Gourvat has been working with type design since 2004, the influence of typography began much earlier in his life. “My father was a literary artist and I grew up surrounded with hand-painted panels and letters,” he explained. Indeed, his father’s workshop was full of them, and Olivier had access to a treasure-trove of…


URW DIN's Design Stops Traffic, Demands Viewer Attention

Volker Schnebel has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in type design. Even before he was employed by URW++ in Hamburg, Germany, Volker spent decades working in the field of type design and font digitization. He co-founded Digital Type Company in 1985 and his work involved digitizing dozens of basic type families for Monotype, including…



A Typeface Inspired by 1920's German Designs

URW Geometric Condensed is the matching complement for the URW Geometric, now available at YouWorkForThem. Including 20 additional condensed styles, URW Geometric Condensed is the space-saving alternative in the URW Geometric family that is also 50% off until July 6, 2016. URW Geometric is a sans serif typeface inspired by the German geometric typefaces of the 1920s but…


The legacy of Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk: A Must-Have Classic

URW Grotesk was designed by Hermann Zapf (pronounced “dzahff”) in 1985 for URW, currently headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Born on November 8, 1918 in Nuremberg, Germany, three days before the end of World War I and right in the middle of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that plagued Europe, Hermann Zapf’s early life was extremely turbulent, to…


The Fascinating Font That Inspired URW Clarendon

URW Clarendon is a version of one of the world’s most ubiquitous font families. Clarendon, named after the Clarendon Press in Oxford, England, was designed in 1845 by Robert Besley for the Thorowgood and Co. foundry. The typeface was registered under Britain’s Ornamental Designs Act of 1842, the first ever font to be protected as such. The…

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