The LucasFonts Team
Based in Berlin, Germany, LucasFonts is a bustling type design studio with a small, dedicated team of designers and type technicians. At times, talented students or graduates are invited to join the team temporarily as interns.
Here are some of the key people who are currently instrumental in producing LucasFonts typefaces or providing service.
Lieselotte Schäfer, office manager. The person you are most likely to encounter first when contacting LucasFonts is Lieselotte. She handles sales as well as administrative tasks; and speaks German and English. Lieselotte studied Communication Design with a focus on Visual and Motion Design at BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule).
Daria Petrova, type designer. Born in Russia, Daria is primarily focused on Cyrillic and has a taste for the macabre. She studied book design at the University of Printing Arts in Moscow, but became a type design convert after meeting Luc(as) de Groot at Fachhochschule Potsdam. After a long-term internship at LucasFonts she graduated from the Type and Media course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with her typeface “Ritual”, which is inspired by gravestone lettering. In spite of numerous bureaucratic hurdles, she has returned to Berlin to work with us.
Jan Fromm, type and web designer. A graduate of the University of Applied Science in Potsdam, Jan was enlisted as a LucasFonts collaborator when he was still a student in Luc(as) de Groot’s type designing class at that school. Together with former fellow student Frank Rausch he conceived and designed the LucasFonts website. Jan is a freelance type designer since 2003, and also works on web and screen-based design projects. To him, a deep understanding of typography is a fundamental component of a graphic designer’s work. Jan’s extended sans-serif type family Camingo was MyFonts’ text font of the year 2006.
Jens Kutílek, type engineer. Jens was born in Germany in 1976. His first encounters with typography involved his mother’s typewriter and spotting an fi ligature in a childrens’ book shortly after learning to read. Jens made his first pixel fonts on a Commodore 64 (at age 14). His interest in art and technology led him to places as diverse as an unfinished university course in engineering, occasional gigs as a songwriter, working as a system administrator and computer technician, doing a performance piece at the Venice Biennale, playing bass in an accordion orchestra, and getting a degree in Graphic Design from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in his hometown Braunschweig. From 2007, Jens worked at the FontFont Type Department in Berlin for nine years, where he developed his profound programming and type design skills. His first serious design, the text typeface family FF Hertz, was released in 2015 and has been selected among Typographica’s “Favorite Fonts of 2015”. Jens gave presentations about font technology at typography events across Germany and taught a type design course in Braunschweig. He joined LucasFonts in 2016.
Philipp Bernhard Neumeyer, typographer, type and graphic designer par excellence. Philipp was born and raised in North Germany where he studied communication design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel (MAFAD). In 2014, he graduated with a BA in typography and type design. In the same year he attended the Type And Media master course at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag (KABK) from which he graduated in summer of 2015. Initially Philipp only took some forays into type design to fulfil his own typographical needs, but somehow he got hooked on it and tried to make the best out of this disposition. So, Philipp moved to Berlin in September 2015 and started working at LucasFonts. When he is not busy with designing type or writing super sophisticated texts about himself with the only strategy of repeating his own name over and over again, Philipp keeps starting new projects to be finished some fine day in the far future. While you are reading this, Philipp is going strong becoming the employee of the month April.
Dmitri Sorokin, type engineer. Dmitri was a founding member of FontFabrik when Luc(as) de Groot’s first company was launched in 1997. He has been part of the team ever since, contributing to the finer points in type design and production. Together with Luc(as), Dmitri invented the science of kerning, Kernologica.
Niels Poppe, software developer. Niels and Luc(as) met in 1989 while Niels was a DTP operator at Tel Design in The Hague, doing wild things on the side such as programming raw PostScript. They found that their very different viewpoints and skills were wonderfully compatible, and have cooperated in various ways ever since. Niels was involved in setting up the LucasFonts and FontFabrik digital back offices and developed the complex software behind our web shop.
Sonja Knecht, writer. Sonja was born in Indonesia, grew up in Venezuela and found Berlin her place to be (and LucasFonts her home office). She loves language and letters. She supports design agencies, their clients, and individuals in their communications. As Edenspiekermann’s Director Text she established their blog and worked for well-known corporate brands. She expanded her activities to TYPO Berlin and other type-related platforms to feature what she likes most: type, type people, type projects – plus their cultural implications. Enough of words? Never.
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Aleksandra Samuļenkova, type designer. She studied art and design at the Latvian Art Academy in Riga and at Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin, where she took a type design course with Luc(as). She continued studying type and graduated at the Type and Media master program in The Hague, and came back to Berlin as a faithful follower of the Dutch (Noordzij) type design school. Aleksandra’s graduating project Pilot has won the first prize as a titling face at The Fine Press Association’s inaugural Student Type Competition, and is cast in metal. She enjoys working at LucasFonts – first as a long-term intern, since 2011 as employee. Aleksandra speaks English, German, Latvian as well as Russian – and yes, she has several typefaces waiting in the wings to be released.
Anton Koovit, type technician. Born in Estonia, Anton Koovit studied graphic design in Tallinn, Paris and Amsterdam. He graduated from the Type and Media program at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and settled in Berlin. Together with Yassin Baggar, Anton established the independent type foundry Fatype. He provides know-how for taylor-made typefaces, logotypes and letterings. At LucasFonts he does programming and hinting. Lately he got noted for digitizing the original typeface created for the U8 subway line in Berlin in the 1920s – or what was left of it. His complete U8 alphabet was successfully released in 2013.
Edgar Walthert, type and graphic designer. Swiss-born Edgar specialized in type design at the Type and Media course of the KABK in The Hague, Luc(as)’s alma mater. He joined the LucasFonts team in 2007 and currently works from the Netherlands as an independent graphic designer and type designer. His type family Agile, released through Village’s Incubator, was among the Favorite Typefaces of 2011 on Typografica.
Elena Albertoni, type designer. After a thorough education in type and typography in Amiens and Paris, France, Italian-born Elena joined LucasFonts to perfect her type designing and programming skills. She is especially interested in the way OpenType technology can be used to enrich typographic performance. Among her own typeface are the spirited script face Dolce and the Gregoria font for the notation of Gregorian chant, both of which won her awards in the TDC type design competition.
Frederik „fRED“ Bordfeld, graphic designer. fRED calls himself a “visualist”. He works as graphic designer and as visual jockey (VJ) on several ocasions. On Twitter, he claims to “try to disappear“. Follow him anyways. fRED supported the LucasFonts team from 2002 to 2004, working on customer projects and optimizing our office environment.
Hannes Famira, type designer and teacher. Hannes studied graphic and typographic design at the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands. He worked at Studio Dumbar, at the Font Bureau, Meta Design, the Buro Petr van Blokland, and House Industries. He started his studio Das Kombinat in 1999. He taught at the School for Design in Basel, the New Jersey City University, the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the, amongst other academic activities. Currently Hannes is a lecturer at the Type@Cooper program. At LucasFonts, Hannes helped to extend the Floris family.
Jan Middendorp, page maker and type writer. Jan works as editor at MyFonts and is deeply rooted in both the Berlin and the international type design community. He is the author of several books on type: Dutch Type, Shaping Text, Type Navigator, and Hand to Type, which soon become standards in their respective fields. Jan developed the printed version of the LucasFonts catalogue and took care of our printed ads from 2006 until 2008.
Martina Flor, designer and letterer. Martina grew up in Buenos Aires and came to Berlin via Barcelona and The Hague. Her portfolio comprises identity and communication design, type design and lettering. Martina gained a Postgraduate in Communication Design in Escola Elisava, a Master in Type and Media in KABK and conducting research at HS Anhalt. She worked as a lecturer herself at the University of Buenos Aires and at Hochschule Anhalt. She got notorious for her workshops in type design and lettering, and for her self-initiated projects like Lettering vs. Calligraphy – “a battle between letterer Martina Flor & calligrapher Giuseppe Salerno”. Martina was part of our team from 2011 to 2012 and worked on the extension of Calibri and Corpid.
Melle Diete, type designer and illustrator. Melle got into type design in 2004 when taking part in Luc(as) de Groot’s type class at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, where she graduated in visual communications in 2012. She worked on typographic projects in design agencies and created typefaces based on her illustrative handwriting, digitizing her sketches or using handicraft techniques for creating the letters. Since 2008, she releases Typefaces on MyFonts and Volcano Type – Fidelia Script and Gingar being maybe the best known. She joined our team from 2010 to 2013.
Ollie Peters, motion graphic designer. Ollie worked on the first version of the LucasFonts website and other projects together with us. With Sven Zuege he founded their Studio Filmgraphik in 2004. They develop, design and produce graphic design, motion graphics, film title sequences, broadcast design and logos.
Sylvain Mazas. French-born Sylvain fell in love with type while sketching type he encountered on the streets and while digging up old metal type in different letterpress workshops. Since 2007 Sylvain started to fly to Beirut on a regular basis, improving his Arabic language skills and researching Arabic type, which he did mainly at LucasFonts as our dedicated right-to-left specialist until 2014. (We also enjoyed his qualifications as chef in our kitchen!) Sylvain continues to work on several kinds of type and type-related creative projects, including music and video, lettering, illustration, and writing. Comprising these, Sylvain publishes graphic novels about his intercultural experiences and expands his work on Arabic type.