type designer

I'd like to know the difference between a typographer and a type designer.
Can you provide two definitions with examples, please?
Thanks in advance.


Wilhelm Pischner designed Neuzeit Grotesk for Stempel AG in the late thirties.
Part of a self-initiated research, I've been looking for a portrait photography of him without any success so far.
I've asked Linotype, the Klingspor Museum and the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt. Any of these institutions has seen a picture of this designer. Before enquiring at Offenbach's city archives, where he was born, I decided to post on this forum.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mathieu Christe

I design a magazine, each issue is about a specific city. The next issue will be about Athens, Greece. I am trying to get in touch with any type designers who live and/or work in Greece, preferably Athens. Do you know of anyone?

The past 2 issues of the magazine have used typefaces created by high profile type designers in appropriate cities and I wish to continue this precedent by representing the city through the typography.

Any help or opinions on Greek type please get in touch! thanks. Feel free to email me here: hello@luketonge.com

Vassil Kateliev is type and graphic designer based in Varna, Bulgaria. He specializes in designing high quality typefaces and is especially interested in producing cyrillic font sets. Since 2010 he has owned a small, but promising, type design studio called Karandash - Type & Graphic foundry.

Additional information:
Karandash official site
Katelievs' fonts on MyFonts
Behance portfolio and fonts showcase
LinkedIn profile

Karolina Lach

Graphic designer, web designer, type designer and typographer, graduate of Cooper Union and University of Reading (MA typeface design). Currently residing in NYC.


Barbara Lind

Designed Poplar, Cottonwood, Adobe Wood Type Ornaments and Madrone for Adobe in the early 1990s.


Hello Typography lovers!

Come and see my new Experimental Typography project - Playful Ampersand on: www.moshik.net

See the whole project on: www.moshik.net

Hi type lovers,

The Graphic Artists Guild will be hosting an evening with Michael Doret (type designer, lettering artist, and print-designer extraordinaire) on Saturday night, October 23rd. We would love to have some hardcore typophiles attend if you're available.

Details available at http://losangeles.gag.org
and here's the event page on Facebook.

Anybody think they can come?

Hope to see you there,
Josh Korwin

Steven Skaggs studied calligraphy and typography under Hermann Zapf. His calligraphic artworks are in the collections of the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach Germany, the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry in Miami, and the Akademie der Künst, Berlin. He has been active giving workshops and teaching throughout the United States as well as Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Steven Skaggs lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he is Professor of Design at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville.

Skaggs designed Rieven Uncial in 2009, which was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Typographic Design in the TDC2 2010.

Chank Diesel

Chank Diesel, a.k.a. Charles Andermack, was born in Canada, raised in Florida and educated in Minnesota. He currently runs his foundry Chank Fonts from his home office in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Chank strives to make fonts fun and accessible for both the average computer-user and professional designers. He distributes a diverse collection of display fonts through his website Chank.com and also creates custom fonts for corporate clients who want exclusive rights and a specific design for a typeface. Chank's Go Font Yourself! service is popular with individuals who want a custom font of their own handwriting.

Dino dos Santos

DSType was founded in late 1994 by Dino dos Santos and since then designed typefaces for several corporations, magazines and cultural projects. Graduated in Graphic Design by ESAD, Matosinhos in 1994, in 2002 was awarded with an MA in Multimedia Arts at FBAUP, Porto, with a thesis on Digital Typography in Multimedia Environments. Teaches Typographic Studies at ESAD-Matosinhos. DSType's work is featured in several magazines like Computer Arts (UK), Creative Review (UK), Page (DE), Publish (PT), Page (PT), ZOOT (UK / PT), among others.

Robert Kirchner

Robert Kirchner, an Austrian FontFont designer.

FF Isonorm

Jan Maack

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Jan Maack (1968) is a graphic designer and type designer from Denmark. He has worked as an art director and graphic designer for 17 years, mainly designing logos, corporate identity systems, and packaging. Jan won a number of prizes for his work, was jury member for The New York Festivals Print 2006 and is member of The Association of Danish Designers.

Type Design

Indices : Terminology : Type Design

The craft of devising new versions of alphabets for use in a font.

Type designers are sometimes mistakenly called fontographers. Fontographer was the name of a popular computer program for designing type, predominantly used during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Relationship to typography.

Typography is the craft of using pre-made alphabets in designs, type design is the art of crafting new alphabets. Quite often one person occupies both roles, and specializes to a greater or lesser degree in one or the other.

See also How-To

Indices : Designers : Rene Verkaart

Rene Verkaart started CharactersFontFoundry in 2004 as the result of a decade of custom logo- and typedesign for clients. Since 1995 he's been running his own graphic design studio, Stoere Binken Design, with a friend. Most of his early typefaces were custom designed for clients.

Most of his typefaces originate in his holidays. "Visiting new places in the world is a big inspiration for creating new typefaces", he says.

All his typefaces are extensively tested by carefully selected BetaTesters. This are renowned graphic designers or design studios that TestDrive the typefaces in practice and give critical feedback to improve the final release versions.

Adrian Frutiger

Indices : Designers : Adrian Frutiger (born March 24, 1928)

Adrian Frutiger is best known as a type-designer. He has produced some of the most well known and widely used typefaces. He was born in 1928 in Interlaken, Switzerland, and by the age of 16 was working as a printer's apprentice near his home town. Following this he moved to Zurich where he studied at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts, under Professor Walter Kach.

Jonathan Hoefler

Jonathan Hoefler is a typeface designer and an armchair type historian who specializes in the design of original typefaces. Named one of the forty most influential designers in America by I.D. Magazine, Hoefler's publishing work includes award-winning original typeface designs for Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Esquire; his institutional clients range from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the rock band They Might Be Giants. Perhaps his best known work is the Hoefler Text family of typefaces, designed for Apple Computer and now appearing everywhere as part of the Macintosh operating system.

Christian Robertson designed Pill Gothic and Dear Sarah, both available through Veer, as well as the Roboto typeface family, used in the Android mobile operating system. More of Christian’s type designs can be seen at Betatype (www.betatype.com).

Christian joined Punchcut as Senior Media Designer in December 2004. He is the mastermind behind the development of the new Typophile platform.

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