TypeMates: a straightforward font foundry.

For years, we — Jakob Runge and Nils Thomsen — 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.

Nils Thomsen

Nils Thomsen

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. His master’s project, the award-winning typeface Meret, is used in several international magazines, including Fast Company Magazine.
From 2011 to 2013, Nils worked at Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann in Hamburg. There he participated in the redesign of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, contributing to its new corporate typeface. Nils focused on the text-face and the additional headline serif-face.
In 2013 Nils started his own business, Nils Types, where he focussed on drawing and selling typefaces and where he began working with a variety of clients on custom type projects. His sans serif workhorse Conto became a MyFonts Bestseller and in 2015 Nils drew an exclusive handmade font for the Lufthansa Magazine redesign by Gruner+Jahr.

Nils’ typefaces in the Font Collection: Comspot, Conto, Conto Compressed, Conto Condensed, Conto Narrow, Conto Slab, Jabana, Jabana Alt, Jabana Extras, Pensum Pro.

Type Mates About Designer Jakob Runge

Jakob Runge

From 2009 Jakob Runge has been fired by letters and type systems. After studying communication design at the University of applied sciences in Würzburg (BA) and then at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (MA), his master’s project was published as FF Franziska in 2014, and became a successful textface at FontFont.
A new dad, he works in Munich as an independent type and brand designer who specialises in developing typefaces and custom lettering for corporate and editorial design.
Alongside working in the design industry, Jakob is active in typographic education. Along with 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.
For him, type design is more than the foundation of precise and coherent communication: it’s a passion.

Jakob’s typefaces in the Font Collection: Cera Brush, Cera Pro, Cera Round ProCera Stencil Pro, Harrison Serif ProMuriza, Urby, Urby Soft.

Type Mates Type Designer Lisa Fischbach

Lisa Fischbach

Lisa studied at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, where she specialised in graphic design with a clear focus towards typography. During those studies, she grew fascinated by letterforms and experimented with type and shapes. These studies were paired with an excursion into the fine arts during a semester at the University of Seville. She finished her bachelor’s with a latin typeface, Lobelia, that was nominated for the Muthesius Award.
After working in the graphic design studio Format Design Visual Identities, in Hamburg, she went to England to develop her skills in type design. During the master’s programme at the University of Reading, she was was introduced to the design of foreign script systems. Her master’s project, Kaius, speaks several languages, including Gujarati, Greek, Cyrillic, Latin and phonetic signs. It was honoured by being selected by the jury of the Pangramme International Student Type Design Exhibition.
From 2015, Lisa has worked as an independent designer in the fields of type and design.

Lisa’s typeface in the Font Collection: Cera Round Pro and Harrison Serif Pro.

Type Mates Type Designer Juergen Schwarz

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 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 www.26plus-zeichen.de with Jakob Runge 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.

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