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.
Pensum by Nils Thomsen is a typeface for text, text and nothing but text. A pure monster, straight and plain. It will set reliably word for word, line for line and paragraph for paragraph. Sometimes a spark of the sexy, curvy and strongly ink trapped italic sneaks into proceedings but anyhow the plain workhorse will keep on setting text. Deep inside some sharp details are hidden unlike some brushy and smooth shapes to be revealed in large sizes.
But seriously ... Pensum, the brush and broad-nib inspired font comes along with nine weights from thin to black plus italics. The strong serifs combined with low contrast makes it excellent for long reading text e.g. in magazines and books. The extreme thin and fragile styles can give a stylish and fashionable look, while the strong black weights are great for the rough nature of mountain sports. The excellently and nicely balanced contrast helps Pensum to work great in very small sizes, because of the ink-trap effect. On the other hand this contrast looks impressive in large headlines and italic quotes!
Pensum counts around 1050 glyphs including lots of OpenType Features to full fill every typographical need. Most important for lovers of book typography, the small-caps are slightly wider than the caps. You will find punctuation in case- and small cap-sensitive variations. The Adobe Latin 3 encoding is a TypeMates standard and gives a wide range of flexibility for Latin language support.