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.
Two typeface with dynamic shapes covering geometric construction for branding and editorial
Urby with its sharp edged nature and is complemented by Urby Soft with its rounded corners character to make up the Urby Collection. Although each has their own look, both families can be used interchangeably.
The idea of Urby is to combine striking character with technical functionality. The tension between active, dynamic shapes and geometric construction make Urby a distinctive typeface for branding relating to sports, outdoor activities, energy or technology.
The different weights and styles share identical character widths, allowing you to change the weight or style of text without having to worry about text reflow — ideal for interface design. And despite being eye catching at display sizes, Urby works surprisingly well for short text.
Extremely wide apertures, like in a, e or s, and organic stroke endings (v, x) bring playfulness to Urby’s geometric construction and reduced shapes (t, f, 4) and quirky details underscore Urby’s unique character. Its rich character set supports most Latin languages and provides helpful dingbats and geometric shapes.
Urby is ready to rumble — are you?
Different from Jakob’s Cera Pro to support multiple languages in pure geometry or Nils Thomsen’s Pensum Pro to decently create lots of readable text, Urby was designed to give strong character to single glyphs and —like in branding— give a loud and clearly recognizable voice to text.
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