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Guðmundur Úlfarsson at Or Type

A rising star in the world of typefaces

While most people think of typeface design as seriously nerdy, it is impossible to ignore the fact that fonts play a role in most aspects of daily life. Author: Arnar Fells / Photograper Axel Sigurðsson The graphic designer Guðmundur Úlfarsson is one of the two owners of Or Type, the only specialist typeface design studio (or type foundry) in Iceland. Guðmundur recently gained attention after both the New York Times Magazine and the Sundance Film Festival bought typefaces designed by him. So who is this young type designer and what inspires his work? To find out, HA visited Guðmundur’s office in the old gas station by Hlemmur… …“Or Type receives a lot of enquiries, despite the fact that our target market is small. In fact, we have too many typefaces underway. The only thing holding us back is time, because it takes so long to complete one typeface, and I’m not even talking now about creating different variations of it,” says Guðmundur, who, today, is working on five different typefaces. He brings out a photocopy …

Words of wisdom

Iceland’s godfather of Graphic design Gísli B.

Few individuals have had such a lasting influence on Icelandic Graphic Design legacy as Gísli B. Björnsson. With a career spanning five decades, Gísli spearheaded the introduction of modernism to Icelandic advertising and graphic design. We asked Gísli to list a few selected words of wisdom from his many years of experience; valuable lessons for other designers to take into consideration in the world of visual communication. Author: Arnar Ingi Viðarsson / Photos: Arnar Fells Collaboration, not competition Our role as designers is not only confined to responding to briefs that come our way but also to show initiative. A phone call or a surprise visit to a client can create new relationships or new projects and is a thing of great worth. Everything in moderation There are thousands of typefaces and each designer has his or her favourite. A small collection of good typefaces has been sufficient for me; I could probably make do with four fonts with all their variations. Knowing how to say no Is more important than knowing Latin. Clients sometimes have …