A one man foundry by Rúben R Dias. He researches and writes about the historical portuguese typographic developments and is currently working in his PhD for FAUTL, on Royal Printing Office typefaces.
With over 40 years experience in design and type starting at a London Art studio for 5 years followed by 10 years as senior designer at Letraset then a further 20 years freelancing in corporate design and packaging whilst still designing fonts
for Letraset and ITC, Alan created his foundry in 2008.
Rui Abreu first taught himself the craft of type design by making experimental geometric fonts. He then traveled a steep learning curve by continually challenging himself. Originally from Porto, Portugal, Rui draws inspiration from his early surroundings. “Porto is a very charismatic city,” he said in his Creative Character interview. “The city’s old trading activity is still visible on many storefronts, so lettering and type are part of the urban landscape. That probably did have some influence on my typographic disposition.”
“As my favorite Argentinian rock singer, Gustavo Cerati, says: Buenos Aires is “La ciudad de la furia” — the city of fury,” Maximiliano Sproviero said of his home, one of the main centers of type and lettering in Latin America, in his Creative Characters interview. “This city has so much to offer, whether at daytime or during the night. It’s always on the move and, if you are susceptible enough, it can fill your mind with ideas.”
Mark Simonson has been thinking about letters and drawing letters for as long as he can remember. Not so much as building blocks of language, but for the particular and peculiar forms they take on in the physical world.
Veronika Elsner and Günther Flake founded their company Elsner+Flake Designstudios after ten years of freelance experience in the field of type design, typography and digitizing of fonts and logos. The general aim of the company is to create a continuously growing library of digital fonts.
Andriy Konstantynov is an independent type-designer from Kiev, Ukraine. Born in Moscow in 1981, he later moved to Tallinn, Estonia, and then to Kiev, Ukraine. In 2002 he graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine. He has been a practising web-designer since 1998. Living in Ukraine, where all the major languages use the Cyrillic script, the main priority in font development is the creation of multi-language typefaces that must contain the Cyrillic character set.