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 design. 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 shows in the type design work and fits perfectly with The Northern Blocks ideology.
In 2014, she participated in the highly regarding TDi (Type Design Program) at Reading University to extend her growing knowledge and expertise of the subject. Maria has developed an extensive collection of work, including serif, sans-serif and handmade typefaces that demonstrate her specialist skills in Latin and Cyrillic font development.
Gareth Jones - Graphic Designer
A graduate 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.
Rebecca Hurst - Type Designer
Rebecca initially joined The Northern Block in 2013 as a type design apprentice alongside studying Graphic Design at Teesside University. She 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 the process of type design from sketches and hand drawn letterforms to a more geometric feel.
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