TypeMates: a straightforward font foundry.

For years, we — Jakob, Lisa and Nils — have been passionate about type and in 2015 we started working together, from our offices in Munich and Hamburg, as a type foundry.

We don’t believe that typefaces are neutral or purely functional systems for reading, rather that they are a visual language with emotional values. Our aim is to be straightforward in the complex field of type design. We do not want to hype or praise type too much, we want to work together with our clients and partners to deliver good results.

Our practice covers everything, from the tiniest nuance in a logo or piece of lettering to the design of extensive type systems. And whether it’s a beautiful idea, a complex client project with intense technical demands, or we’re just following our investigative TypeMate’s nose — we’re passionate about well-made letterforms delivered to the highest technical standard.

Whether it’s Die Zeit online, Fast Company, Red Bull TV or Lufthansa Magazine, typefaces we designed are used by magazines, newspapers and corporations who set the bar for design.

Selected Clients

During the last years we had the pleasure to work with the following clients.


Spiegel Verlag, Hamburg
Ministry Foreign Affairs Finland, see project
Red Bull Media House, see project
Meaningfulworks, Los Angeles
Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg
Territory Corporate Publishing, Hamburg, see project
Hagebau Baumarkt
Ligalux, Hamburg
Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann, Hamburg
Cherry, see project
Sedus Stoll AG, Waldshut
Martin et Karczinski, München

Interbrand, Cologne
Bosch Hausgeräte, Munich
Anzinger Wüschner Rasp, Munich
Mey Bodywear, Albstadt
Famous Visual Services
twotype design, Hamburg
OBI GmbH & Co.
St. Pauli, Hamburg
La Brass Banda, Übersee at Chiemsee
Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf
Edenspiekermann, Berlin
FC Bayern München AG

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Nils Thomsen

Nils is co-Founder of TypeMates. He is focused on extending the typeface collection and implement letter shapes with ease.

Ever since he was a child, Nils has been captivated by graffiti and this early fascination bloomed into a love of letterforms. Pursuing this interest, Nils completed his studies at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, and his master’s degree in the postgraduate Type and Media course in The Hague. Worked at Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann in Hamburg and contributed to new corporate typeface of German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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Jakob Runge

Jakob is co-Founder of TypeMates, sensing designs for bespoke type and cares about project management.

From studying communication design at the University of applied sciences in Würzburg (BA) Jakob Runge has been fired by letters and type systems. At Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (MA), his master’s project became a successful textface at FontFont. Alongside working in the design industry, Jakob is active in typographic education, running numerous workshops at universities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, he has been a lecturer for typography and type design at FH Münster from 2011.

Type Mates Type Designer Lisa Fischbach

Lisa Fischbach

As Managing Partner of TypeMates Lisa is balancing technology and the effect of custom typefaces in brand identities.

With expertise in type and graphic design, Lisa’s understanding of how type is made and used forms the cornerstone of her identity as a type designer. She studied the Bachelor at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Paired with an excursion into the fine arts during a semester at the University of Seville. After working in developing Corporate Identities in the agency Format Design in Hamburg, she moved to England, where she successfully completed her Master's in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2014.

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Paul Eslage

With TypeMates creative Paul is working on custom fonts and type related graphics.

Born into a family of self-employed photographers, Paul Eslage’s early contact with the creative professions lead him to study Design at the Münster School of Design in 2014. Focussing on communication design, he worked on several magazine, branding and exhibition projects and attended Jakob’s type design course at the MSD. That course was the starting point for Paul’s passion for designing letters.

Meet our Mates

We love to collaborate and distribute typefaces by other type designers.


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Jürgen Schwarz

In 1999, when Jürgen Schwarz visited the Ortwein School of Art and Design in Graz, communication design became a passion for him. After more than four years working as a graphic, exhibition and editorial designer in Austria, he sought distant shores — and went to Germany.
In Würzburg (BA) and in Potsdam (MA), he deepened his specialist knowledge and worked as a freelance designer for select projects. The two universities offered him the opportunity to develop his enthusiasm for type and typography; and this resulted in him working with Jakob and designing the typeface Muriza, released in 2014. From 2015, Jürgen has worked as a designer specialised in corporate and information design. He considers type and typography essential elements in his professional practice.

Jürgen’s typeface in the Font Collection: Muriza.

Type Mates Type Designer Mona Franz

Mona Franz

Driven by the wonder of doing something she’d never done before, Mona created her first typeface, Franz Sans, for her Bachelor project. She gained more experience in using type through working in corporate agencies like MetaDesign Berlin and Martin et Karczinski. Due to her special interest, jobs that would make use of her vector skills like the refresh of the Lufthansa crane logo or researching and briefing the new Lufthansa type kept landing on her desk.
In 2018 Mona graduated from the Royal Academy of Art’s TypeMedia masters in the Hague with Bridge, now enhanced and published by TypeMates. Throughout her intensive time in the Netherlands, she learned from some of the best type designers in the world. Now that she’s back in Munich and working as a freelancer specializing in Type and Corporate Design, Mona likes to connect people and build bridges between design disciplines.

Mona’s typefaces in the Font Collection: Bridge Head and Bridge Text

Type Mates Type Designer Maximilian Kostopoulos

Max Kostopoulos

Max Kostopoulos created his first fonts during studies dedicated to the design of lettering through analogue design methods. In 2010, he launched 26+ with Jakob and ever since they have gone on to plan and manage numerous workshops on type design at several universities of applied sciences. After studying communications design at the universities of Würzburg (BA) and Mainz (MA), Max was Art Director of Corporate Design, Corporate Publishing and Interactive Design in Mainz and Hamburg and is currently working in Munich.

Max’s typeface in the Font Collection: Cera Brush.