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The Northern Block Ltd

“The ambitious people who stand out,” Jonathan Hill said in a Creative Characters interview, “are the ones who make their ideas a reality.” Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jonathan created The Northern Block after having worked as a graphic designer in the thriving local music industry in Sheffield. “My breakthrough came,” he said, “with a job offer at a company called Mainartery, a London-based studio working mainly for clients in the music industry. They helped to refine my typographic skills which then led to a more professional interest in fonts.” After several years in a London studio, he moved back to North East England to set up his own logo and type design studio.

Mariya Pigoulevskaya joined Johnathan’s studio after graduating from University. “I could not miss this golden opportunity,” she said. “My understanding of type at that time was limited, although I had some experience of producing custom fonts for personal and student illustration projects. After meeting Jonathan in person, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of The Northern Block and share his experience and knowledge.”

Their company’s type library is a fast-growing and increasingly popular collection of type families. They are known for producing modernist work with clean, geometric aesthetic that appeals to the latest breed of font buyers including electronics manufacturers, mobile app developers and video game designers. In 2013, their Bauhaus-inspired typeface, Cobert, was listed among MyFonts’ most popular sans serif designs. “I try to combine two conflicting pursuits in my work,” Mariya noted, “functionalism and individuality.”

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Gelder Sans™

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18 fonts from $32.00
Gelder Sans™ Gelder Sans™

LoganFive™

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6 fonts from $29.00
LoganFive™ LoganFive™

Beval™

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8 fonts from $29.00
Beval™ Beval™

A humanistic sans-serif typeface with subtle chamfer detailing. It’s strong lateral emphasis is combined with open apertures to create sharp and legible letter forms. These balanced and narrow proportions make it ideally suited to a variety of online applications.

Nurom™

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8 fonts from $29.00
Nurom™ Nurom™

A contemporary sans-serif typeface. Its structure takes influence from the early grotesque style, resulting in a precise and legible font with a charming character. Details include 8 weights, a standard character set, manually edited kerning and the Euro symbol.

Mekon™

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7 fonts from $32.00 - some free
Mekon™ Mekon™

Tondu™

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2 fonts from $29.00 - some free
Tondu™ Tondu™

Schar™

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16 fonts from $39.00
Schar™ Schar™

A humanist sans designed like a serif with high-stroke contrast, but without serifs. Calligraphic forms and consistent angle axis are combined to create a fluid and dynamic personality. Schar is a balanced sans serif with classic proportions ideally suited for modern day text based projects. Details include eight weights and true italics, over 1000 characters with alternative lowercase a, e, g and y. Seven variations of numerals, true small caps with accents, ligatures, manually edited kerning and Opentype features.

Kobern™

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18 fonts from $32.00
Kobern™ Kobern™

A strong, horizontal sans serif typeface. The letterforms distinct lateral emphasis combined with condensed proportions helps improve readability and use of space across layouts. Ideally suited for a wide range of modern applications, details include 9 weights with italics, 540 characters, 5 variations of numerals, manually edited kerning and Opentype features.

Reznik™

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18 fonts from $32.00
Reznik™ Reznik™

CentreForward™

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8 fonts from $29.00
CentreForward™ CentreForward™

NuOrder

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18 fonts from $29.00
NuOrder NuOrder

Intropol™

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12 fonts from $29.00
Intropol™ Intropol™

TenGu™

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1 font from $29.00
TenGu™ TenGu™

Woolworth™

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12 fonts from $32.00
Woolworth™ Woolworth™

Monsal™

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9 fonts from $29.00
Monsal™ Monsal™

MarkusLow™

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1 font from $29.00
MarkusLow™ MarkusLow™

This typeface is named after Markus Low, the designer of the 1965 award-winning font Basilea.

The design pays close attention to the original work combining romanesque styling with clean lines and functionality. Details include a complete character set, manually edited kerning and Euro symbol.

VideoTech™

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8 fonts from $29.00
VideoTech™ VideoTech™

VideoTech is an 8 font family consisting of 4 weights open and 4 weights closed.

A heavyweight typeface that draws inspiration from loading computer games onto the Commodore 64.

Savile™

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16 fonts from $29.00
Savile™ Savile™

A modern san serif typeface with a humanistic influence. The intention was to create a clean, functional design that would also have an elegant appearance. Careful attention has been paid to proportions and purity of form to help improve readability across text layouts. Details include 8 weights with italics, 540 characters with old style and tabular numerals, stylistic alternatives, manually edited kerning and Opentype features.

Uninsta™

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18 fonts from $32.00
Uninsta™ Uninsta™

Heltar™

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10 fonts from $29.00
Heltar™ Heltar™

A modern neo-grotesque typeface. Having grown up in Sheffield and been completely immersed in the work of The Designers Republic I became very drawn to their treatment of Helvetica, especially the close tracking of the letter space. This visual investigation led me to the study of the font Hass Unica, a so called improvement to Helvetica. In order not to replicate and become a clone of Unica I redrew all the characters from scratch improving optical appearance, developing subtle corrections and reshaping individual letterforms. The result is a remixed neo-grotesque font that has strong general optical balance with great rhythm under close tracking. Details include 10 weights, an extended European character set, true italic, manually edited kerning and Euro symbol.

BlockOut™

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6 fonts from $29.00
BlockOut™ BlockOut™

QueueBrick™

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8 fonts from $29.00
QueueBrick™ QueueBrick™

PlatformOne™

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10 fonts from $29.00
PlatformOne™ PlatformOne™

VanBerger™

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6 fonts from $29.00 - some free
VanBerger™ VanBerger™

Teletex

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4 fonts from $29.00
Teletex Teletex

Dekal

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3 fonts from $29.00
Dekal Dekal

Scriber™

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9 fonts from $29.00 - some free
Scriber™ Scriber™

Kuro™

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9 fonts from $39.00 - some free
Kuro™ Kuro™

LineWire™

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8 fonts from $29.00
LineWire™ LineWire™

OricNeo™

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7 fonts from $29.00 - some free
OricNeo™ OricNeo™

A computerized typeface inspired by the Matrix trilogy.

LaserDisco™

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6 fonts from $15.00
LaserDisco™ LaserDisco™

StealWerks™

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6 fonts from $29.00
StealWerks™ StealWerks™

Nuber™

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18 fonts from $39.00
Nuber™ Nuber™

A linear geometric sans serif influenced by neo-grotesques and the early Swiss type foundries. Smooth, even letter shapes are carefully drafted from a grid to produce a uniformed, low contrast typeface with a high degree of readability. Details include 540 characters with alternative uppercase R, alternative lowercase a, e and g, 5 variations of numerals, manually edited kerning and opentype features.

Brion™

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3 fonts from $29.00
Brion™ Brion™

WerkHaus™

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5 fonts from $29.00
WerkHaus™ WerkHaus™

Arcle™

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5 fonts from $29.00
Arcle™ Arcle™

ProtoFet™

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8 fonts from $29.00
ProtoFet™ ProtoFet™

SkyWing™

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8 fonts from $29.00
SkyWing™ SkyWing™

CorTen™

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8 fonts from $29.00
CorTen™ CorTen™

AstroNaut™

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8 fonts from $29.00
AstroNaut™ AstroNaut™

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7 fonts
Rein Grotesk™ Rein Grotesk™

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7 fonts
Aina™ Aina™

Aina’s overall light weight compliments the confidence in her strong curvaceous frame. Her delicate touch makes for a clear and concise message at both large and small settings thanks to a large x-height, wide characters and pronounced counter spaces. Open letter spacing results in a more legible typeface, making Aina ideal for signage and wayfinding systems. Aina’s irresistible charm carries through applications on the page, and is just as easy on the eye as ever. Details include 7 weights with manually edited kerning.

Bosko™

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4 fonts from $19.00 - some free
Bosko™ Bosko™

Dohrma

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4 fonts from $29.00
Dohrma Dohrma

PyeMan™

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1 font from $19.00
PyeMan™ PyeMan™

PyeMan is a rounded block typeface influenced by home computer games from the 1980s. Examples include Asteroids, Defender and Pac-Man.

Aldo™

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5 fonts from $29.00 - some free
Aldo™ Aldo™

ArcticPatrol™

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10 fonts from $29.00
ArcticPatrol™ ArcticPatrol™

ArcticPatrol is a modern angular font influenced by military related computer games.

Examples include: Ghost Recon and Medal of Honor.

Sylar™

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17 fonts from $29.00 - some free
Sylar™ Sylar™

A linear modern typeface suited for branding & advertising projects. The variations in weight give great contrast when used across body
copy & headlines.

GetaRobo™

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10 fonts from $29.00
GetaRobo™ GetaRobo™

A mechanical typeface influenced by Japanese animation (Anime).

Examples Include: Getter Robo and Gatchaman aka (Battle of the Planets).

DokterBryce™

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6 fonts from $10.00
DokterBryce™ DokterBryce™

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