The Northern Block type foundry was created by Jonathan Hill in 2006 with the goal to design new and original typefaces. Today the company is recognised for producing modernist work with a clean, geometric aesthetic that appeals to the latest breed of font buyers including, electronic manufacturers, mobile application developers and video game designers. In 2013 MyFonts voted the Bauhaus inspired font Corbert amongst the most popular san's serif designs.
Jonathan Hill - Creative Director
After graduating from Newcastle College of Art & Design in 1994, he initially worked in print producing event graphics for the Leadmill in Sheffield. In 1999, Jonathan joined Mainartery; a progressive design studio based in London working solely for the music industry. Over a 3-year period, he produced a range of unique music packaging that crossed boundaries between 2D and 3D media. Clients include R02, Universal Music, EMI and Azuli Records. In 2006 Jonathan set up The Northern Block type foundry to design clean, geometric typefaces aimed at the convergence media users. Recently his font designs have received recognition as some of the most popular work on the market and with his dedication to mentoring and training new type design talent in the UK his influence is set to grow stronger.
Mariya V. Pigoulevskaya - Type Designer
Maria joined The Northern Block Type Foundry in 2012 after successfully completing a Master of Arts in Future Design at Teesside University. During the final year of study, she chose to focus on typography and developed her interest of type. Prior to completing her apprenticeship with The Northern Block and becoming a type designer, her background was in graphics, illustration and the Russian language. Maria is passionate about the Swiss style which is reflected in her type design work and fits perfectly with The Northern Blocks ideology.
Gareth Jones - Graphic Designer
Recently graduated from Teesside University with a First Class Honours in Graphic Design. Gareth has an insatiable appetite for design, an obsessive attention to detail and is passionate about graphic design, typography and branding, which are all essential traits to have when working for The Northern Block. As an avid collector of design books and material, he appreciates simple, effective design driven by strong and justified ideas.
Jason Aitcheson - Type Designer
Jason, born and raised in Glasgow, is a design graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. His road to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a type designer led him to The Northern Block in 2013 when he began his apprenticeship programme. Jason has a clean, structural style — shaped by his love of modernism — and has a strong interest in the functionality of letters.
Rebecca Hurst - Type Design Apprentice
Rebecca joined The Northern Block in 2013 on the apprenticeship programme. During her time at Teesside University studying Graphic Design, Rebecca developed a strong passion for typography and has a high attention to detail, which is evident in her accreditation from ISTD and receiving a first class honours. She is particularly interested in the fundamentals and details of type design and how it can create a powerful message. Her interests also lie in the process of type design, from sketches and hand drawn letterforms to a more geometric feel.
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