On January 3, 2006 Jonathan founded The Northern Block Digital Type Foundry with the goal to design & develop new and original typefaces. Today the foundry is recognised for producing finely crafted modern typefaces that appeal to the latest breed of font buyers including, electronic manufactures, app developers and video game designers.
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.
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 becoming a typeface designer and completing her apprenticeship with The Northern Block 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.
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