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If you are interested in commissioning typefaces of any kind; display faces, text faces, typewriters, signage faces or hand drawn lettering for an advertising campaign, a corporate font for your client, or any other bespoke type design for your project, then please contact us: info at

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Network Rail

Custom typeface for station signage. 1 typeface, 7 fonts.

The brief was to design a new typeface that would relate to the original Rail Alphabet used on signs in the 1960s, and to make sure it integrated well with the new wayfinding and pictogram system designed by Spaceagency. The new system of signs, pictograms and typography has a lighter typographic voice than the signs from the 60’s and is far more readable than the current dark blue signs with reversed out type. The design process was one of collaboration; Margaret Calvert would draw by hand, and we would work on-screen. With input from Network Rail, Spaceagency and station architect WestonWilliamson+Partners, we arrived at Rail Alphabet 2, a highly legible and modern typeface with a clear historical lineage. Rail Alphabet 2, is a comprehensive digital typeface consisting of 7 fonts; a special weight designed for signs, and three font styles including Italics crafted for all other text settings for print, online and for mobile. Rail Alphabet 2 has sharp junctions, and the proportions are a little narrower than the original Rail Alphabet. The project is featured at the Design Museum in the 'Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work' exhibition. ‪21 October 2020 – 22 August 2021. All images © A2-TYPE + Spaceagency. 'Certificate of Typographic Excellence' in the 24th Annual Type Directors Club, NYC Typeface Design Competition.

The Athletic

Inline custom typeface for the coolest brand in sports journalism

Based on our original font Regular Slab (a slab variant of our Regular font) typeface we designed a new inline font for the Athletic brand. The project was commissioned by Gretel in NYC and conceived in close collaboration with their design team. The Inline typeface is complimented by our Regular Slab Bold typeface, used in their logo also and across the entire brand in all media. Read full case study here. All images © Gretel NYC.

About the client: The Athletic is a subscription-based sports website that provides ad-free national and local coverage in 47 North American cities as well as the United Kingdom. The Athletic also covers national stories from top professional and college sports.


Custom fonts for Danish Weekly (2020)

Broadsheet newspapers are rare these days, even rarer is it to be commissioned to draw custom fonts for one of these projects! Please welcome the beautiful redesign of Weekendavisen, the Danish weekly, since 1749. We are proud! to reveal our new font system* for Weekendavisen – Drawing inspiration from Danish typographic history (Knud Valdemar Engelhardt and Gunnar Biilmann Petersen), we designed WEA Display, Sans and Serifs fonts for every single piece of typographic information! We also redesigned the Masthead and faithfully restored the Berlingske crest after Biilmann Petersen’s original design in close collaboration with Martin Mörch (master engraver). The newspaper is expertly and beautifully art directed by Design Director Katinka Bukh and her talented inhouse design team. Here is a great introduction and explanation of the redesign (If you read Danish) by Bukh. Editor in chief Martin Krasnik makes a great introduction to the redesign here! (Please use Google translate if you want it in English).

Our custom fonts won a Tokyo Type Directors Club Prize in 2021 and the newspaper was (together with de Volkskrant) named World's Best Designed in the 42nd best of Print News Design Competition 2021 by SND

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark

We are proud to announce that we co-designed the official logo(s) for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark to mark the celebration of her 80th birthday in April 2020. The two logos will each occupy their own space – The ‘monogram’ version (second image) will be used for HM the Queen’s private celebrations at the castle — The ‘fireworks’ logo with associated photo of HM the Queen will be used for all public facing visuals and celebrations.

Commissioned by: Wonderful Copenhagen
Director of Communications: Tine Kastrup-Misir
Agency: Punktum Design
Design: Søren Varming & Henrik Kubel
Typeface: Custom version of Biilmann from A2-TYPE
Portrait photo by Per Morten Abrahamsen

Banca Sella, Italy 2018 — Custom fonts

Custom font system for Italian Bank Sella. Commissioned by renowned Italian design studio Tassinari/Vetta. A2-TYPE delivered a custom font suite of 9 fonts comprising of a sans in 3 weights, Regular, Medium & Bold with accompanying Italics plus a set of Stencil fonts.

The story of Gruppo Banca Sella has its roots in 1886, when Gaudenzio Sella, inspired by the principles of his uncle Quintino Sella, along with six other brothers and cousins, founded in Biella the Gaudenzio Sella & C.


Design of custom fonts and crafting of wordmark, logo. Commissioned and art directed by Interbrand New York, 2017.

Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. It derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the bulk of its profit from patent licensing businesses. The company headquarters is located in San Diego, California, United States, and has 224 worldwide locations. The parent company is Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), which includes the Qualcomm Technology Licensing Division (QTL). Qualcomm's wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), operates substantially all of Qualcomm's R&D activities, as well as its product and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

Qantas Airlines — Custom alphabet

Custom alphabet in capitals only for Qantas Airlines, 2017. Commissioned and art directed by Houston Group. View project in detail here.

Qantas Airways is the flag carrier of Australia and its largest airline by fleet size, international flights and international destinations. It is the third oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca having been founded in November 1920; it began international passenger flights in May 1935. The Qantas name comes from "QANTAS", an acronym for its original name, "Queensland and Northern TerritoryAerial Services", and it is nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo"...

Arne Jacobsen — Restoring and re-imagining a Brand typeface

Design of a unique alphabet in 2 styles; Regular + Bold for the world famous Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen brand. The typeface is based on the Aarhus town hall alphabet designed for signage by AJ himself and Erik Møller ca. 1941. A2-TYPE restored the original capital letters, added a sympathetic and matching lowercase style, expanded the overall character set and added extra weights. The typeface will feature on all communications across platforms, analogue and digital and is exclusive to the Arne Jacobsen brand. The typeface is not commercially available.

The project was commissioned by the Board of Arne Jacobsen and Arne Jacobsen's Grandson Tobias Jacobsen as a separate integrated design tool of the overall brand design by Danish agency AM.

Read more about Arne Jacobsen here

Evening Standard Newspaper

Design of new masthead plus an extensive suite of bespoke fonts. Working in collaboration with the Evening Standard’s art director Nick Cave and newspaper consultant Colin Wilson, A2-TYPE designed a large interconnected system of custom fonts to work across the printed newspaper* and all of their associated media platforms. The bespoke font system named ‘Standard’ comprises: Serif Text, Serif Display, Sans, Sans Condensed and Sans X Condensed, with a special Serif Headline font for use on front pages. 43 font styles in total!

Quote from George Osborne, Editor: “... the average age of the Standard print reader is 36 – “which is many decades younger than most newspapers these days”. A paper, he says, is “still a very convenient, easy to digest and with this redesign easy to navigate way of receiving information about politics and business and culture and celebrities”... Read full interview about the redesign here.

*Evening Standard’s daily print run is around 850,000 copies. The paper is distributed for free on all London streets and UK Rail networks. Additional design credit: The new Eros figurine in the Masthead was drawn by Illustrator Christian Adams.

Custom font for NYTMag Olympics Issue

Custom font in one style (Bold Wide) for The New York Times Magazine Olympics Issue. A mono-width font crafted to work only when stacked! Read the background story about the design and thinking of the whole issue on FormFiftyFive and on Magculture.

The typeface won the prestigious 2018 TDC Prize from Tokyo Type Directors Club!

Additional credits:
Editor in chief: Jake Silverstein
Design director: Gail Bichler
Art director: Matt Willey
Director of photography: Kathy Ryan
Contributing Photo Editor: Kristen Geisler

Eurosport Pyeongchang 2018 — Custom type system

Design of a custom headline font system based on our New Grotesk Square fonts for the Eurosport 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic on-screen identity designed by DixonBaxi. The font system comprise of a unique Headline font with 3 solid condensed fonts and matching outline fonts. 8 fonts in total. The fonts support Latin + Cyrillic scripts. Animation / Film by DixonBaxi. Read about the project at Creative Review blog. Images Courtesy of DixonBaxi and Eurosport. The project was awarded a Gold Clio, 2018.

Avex Tokyo, Japan — Custom fonts

Avex — Rebranding. Custom family of fonts comprising of 5 styles: Thin, Light, Regular, Medium & Bold. Concept and initial sketches by legendary John Warwicker of Tomato. Redrawn, systemised and coded by A2-TYPE.

Avex Inc. is an entertainment conglomerate led by founder Max Matsuura and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Avex (short for audio visual expert) became the leading dance music company during the 1990s and continues to produce and manage some of Japan’s highest selling solo J-pop talents like Ayumi Hamasaki and internet sensation PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen). It is the biggest holistic entertainment company in Japan and although driven mainly by producing music, they have also shifted into other business domains like anime, video games and live music events like partnering with Ultra Music Festival and hosting the annual A-nation.

The New York Times Magazine

Custom fonts.

Behind the Relaunch of The New York Times Magazine.

Sans, Slab & Serif – Each category of fonts have a different starting point, set of references and sub categories. The starting point forthe Serif font is the Stephenson Blake Garamond-ish metal typeface Mazarin also known as ‘Astree’ from French foundry Deberny & Peignot and also The New York Times Magazine masthead, although this is a Black letter / Gothic type, its sharpness and contrast have translated into the design, most noticeable in the Display and Headline fonts. The Serif fonts designed for text matter share some of these features although proportions, contrast and details have been crafted anew to aid legibility in smaller point sizes. The Slab fonts used for pull quotes and headlines are a continuation of the magazines existing Stymiefont but in a condensed format and with added typographic personality. The Sans fonts are linked to the Industrial Grotesque types, with metal type specimen versions of Futura and Akzidenz fonts as loose models for inspiration, all re interpreted and designed to suit the magazine.


Custom stencil font in 2 grades with Italics – Crafted exclusively for CNN STYLE.

View the fonts in full effect on the CNN STYLE's beautifully designed RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize website: RIBA, International Prize showcasing 6 spectacular buildings from 6 countries...

The Sunday Times Magazine

Masthead design and custom cut of our Register* typeface for The Sunday Times Magazine, UK.

The magazine expertly mixes the delicate serif font, used for headlines and text matter, with another of our fonts; the robust and friendly-looking New Grotesk Round fonts.

Commissioned by Esterson Associates and The Sunday Times Magazine as part of their extensive redesign and editorial reimagining of the title in the summer of 2016.


Custom font in 2 weights – based on our Boing Boing typeface - for the world's largest domain name registrar; with 14+ million customers, and more than 5,000 employees...

Commissioned by TBWA\Chiat\Day, New York.

​Expedia Worldwide

Custom fonts – ‘Expedia Sans’ was commissioned by 180LA. The new set of brand fonts will be rolled out on all communications, print and web, globally.


We were commissioned by COLLINS in New York to customise our typeface Regular for their rebrand of the biggest broadband provider in NYC. Our Regular typeface was also chosen as their brand typeface and feature in all communication. MOTHER NEW YORK was commissioned to introduce the rebrand to the public with a series of short TV stings.


Magazine masthead + custom Stencil font. Commissioned by Matt Willey.

Avaunt is dedicated to adventure – in the broadest possible sense. Avaunt will feature acts of endeavour and endurance from the wildest, highest, deepest, coldest and hottest corners of Earth. The magazine will bring you stories from respected writers and thinkers, concerning adventures in technology, music, science, style and culture, alongside insights from the pioneers and innovators who are shaping our new world.

Read more here.


Royal Institute of British Architects Members Magazine. Design of condensed version of our Grot10 font family + delivery of additional suite of fonts – all customised in detail to suit the client.

The title(s) were superbly redesigned by magazine art director Matt Willey, who also commissioned the bespoke fonts.

​Afterall Publishing

Custom typefaces: Serif and Typewriter fonts in multiple weights for academic arts Journal Afterall including their book series One Work, 2006.

​Oak – The Nordic Journal

Custom font in 2 styles. A condensed industrial Sans for text matter with a matching high contrast Serif for headlines.

Oak – The Nordic Journal is a biannual magazine with an international reach. Oak covers Nordic culture, food and design with a focus on the lifestyle and the people involved, presenting a mix of design, lifestyle, experiential travel writing, food stories, and notable Nordic figures.

Read more.

​Paul Davis

Custom font based on Paul’s unique handwriting mostly / always featured in his work.

The font was created in 2 weights and commissioned by mxm, madebymany as part of their identity tool kit.

See Paul’s work here.


Custom Display typeface (India) in two weights in collaboration with Geetika Alok, 2011.

​A23D Letterpress Alphabet

Commissioned by New North Press in London as part of their existing collection of wood and metaltype.

A23D will be available for use at New North Press's letterpress workshops. Filmmaker Adrian Harrison has also made a film about the project, which was premiering at the V&A September 13, as part of the London Design Festival.

Watch the movie here.

Read about the project in detail at the Creative Review blog.