Type Design: A Journey

My first solo exhibition opens September 22 at the University Art Gallery at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. 

Exchange released

Tobias Frere-Jones’ Exchange has been released by Frere-Jones Type; I contributed significantly to this new version of this forceful and economic typeface that started with a newspaper commission. 

Tÿpo St. Gallen 2017

I will be speaking at the fourth edition of Tÿpo St. Gallen (Switzerland) on November 10 

Updike Prize Award Ceremony Lecture

I will be speaking at the award ceremony for this year’s Updike Prize for Student Type Design 

TDC Award

My typeface Nordvest has been honored by the TDC, Type Directors Club here in New York 

Adobe MAX 2016

I will be speaking at Adobe MAX in San Diego in November 2016 

Retina released

Tobias Frere-Jones’ Retina, the first project I have worked on at Frere-Jones Type, has been released for retail licensing! 

Teaching at Yale

Starting this fall, I am teaching a type design class at Yale University School of Art 

Nordvest released

After 2.5 years of painstaking and tricky work, my new typeface Nordvest has been released by Norwegian type foundry, Monokrom 

Beginning a new chapter

This marks the closure of my studio, Typologic, as I am excited to move on to a fantastic new opportunity. Thanks for all the fish — 

Typographics 2016

Getting ready for New York in June 2016: Details of my Typographics talk have been posted 

Pangramme exhibition

My Nordvest was exhibited at French type design exhibition Pangramme, and awarded a special jury selection 

TypeCon 2016

I will be speaking at TypeCon Seattle in August 

TypoLabs moderation & talk

I will be moderating the new TYPO Labs conference in Berlin on May 10–11, and speak at it too 

New work: Dutch Alphabets

I contributed a broadside to Mathieu Lommen & Peter Verheul’s luxurious edition of “Dutch Alphabets” 

Typeface presentation: Nordvest

I will give a brief talk on my upcoming typeface Nordvest at Typographische Gesellschaft München, March 1 

Sélavy featured at Type Brut

My free font Sélavy is now also available from art-historical foundry Type Brut in Brooklyn 

Kerning for Nitti Mostro

I contributed the kerning to Pieter van Rosmalen’s new superfat display typeface, Nitti Mostro 

Lecture and workshops at ésad Amiens

I am giving a lecture and workshop at the école supérieure d’art et du design in Amiens, France 

An F for Fitchburg

I contributed a letter to Anna Schuleit Haber’s art project “The Alphabet” for and in Fitchburg, MA 

Frere-Jones Type: Weight mapping

An interesting challenge: Visualizing changing stroke weights along letterforms as color gradients 

Typo Berlin 2015

I spoke about typefaces with reversed contrast at the Typo Berlin conference 

Visualizations for Bold Monday

I generated hundreds of overviews of character sets & OpenType features for Bold Monday’s new website 

Live font interpolation with SVG

An experiment: Getting some SVG font data to interpolate in the browser 

Print Magazine

I am featured as a “Type Designer to watch” in PRINT magazine’s February 2015 issue 

Hello 2015!

Positive lookahead to the new year. 


Uploaded a new RoboFont extension: Suffixer helps with replacing, adding, removing glyph name suffixes. 

New Website

New website online! Please consider it a beta, and report things that may break. 


I am speaking at the TypeAmsterdam symposium on November 27 at Bijzondere Collecties UvA.