Straight forward black and white experts and font foundry TypeMates is a joint venture between Jakob Runge and Nils Thomsen. The collaborating black and white experts are developing retail and custom typefaces plus lettering for various clients.
Our typefaces are carefully designed to fulfill every serious typographical need without missing any standards.
Jakob Runge is specialized in developing typefaces and custom letterings for corporate and editorial design. After studying communication design at university of applied sciences in Würzburg and at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, his thesis was published as successful textface FF Franziska with FontFont in 2014. Currently he works in Munich as an independent type and brand designer and typographic consultant. Apart from his work for design agencies, he teaches typography and type design at university of applied sciences in Münster since 2011.
Nils Thomsen’s fascination for type started during his childhood – with grafitti. This led him to the Muthesius Art School Kiel and help to finish his Master Degree at KABK in The Hague. In 2010 Nils moved to Hamburg and started to work for ‘ErlerSkibbeToensmann’. There he participated in the redesign of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. His part were the text- and matching headline face. Since 2013 Nils works on his own type projects and some corporate font projects like a custom version of his Jabana for the 'Lufthansa Magazin' by Gruner+Jahr.
Comspot is a rounded, typewriter-flavoured font family with a human touch. Originally designed as a custom typeface* Comspot’s nine weights — razor-thin hairline to ultra black — and 14 stylistic alternates fulfil every need, from extended to display text.
Comspot’s typewriter flavour is strongest in letters like f and t, with their wide middle strokes, and the tighter design of w, M and W, with their repositioned centre joints. Glyphs that would normally cause trouble in monospaced fonts have been carefully balanced for text, and have easily-accessed alternates to emphasise the font’s typewriter vibe and bring more character to display settings. The subtle rounding of Comspot’s corners increases from Hairline to Ultra, producing fine and elegant light styles and humane heavy weights.
Comspot supports the full Adobe Latin 3+ character set and thus some 90 languages. Along with using Stylistic Set 01 to unleash glyphs with an extra technical typewriter flavour, Comspot offers a lot of typographic features: tabular figures, fractions, superscript or even contextual alternates. Also set of individual DIY-Icons like a great big wood axe or a warning triangle can introduce a fun factor to your projects.