Type and Media is a master’s course in typeface design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) . In the first semester students have several modules to complete that are interspersed with a set of enlightening workshops covered by guest lecturers. During the second semester, students focus on their thesis project. This site showcases the final projects of the class of 2020.

A big thank you to the faculty and supervisors at Type and Media for their expertise, wisdom, and support during this especially difficult year: Erik van Blokland, Peter Verheul, Paul van der Laan, Peter Biľak, Françoise Berserik, Frank Grießhammer, Petr van Blokland, Marja van der Burgh, Tânia Raposo, Fred Smeijers, Just van Rossum, Jan Willem Stas, Ilya Ruderman, Aleksandra Samuļenkova, and Kristyan Sarkis, and Mário Feliciano.

This year we had online visits, talks and lectures from friends and colleagues from all over the locked down world. We are grateful and happy that they took the time to join us: Paul Barnes, Ken Barber, Diana Ovezea, Kai Bernau, Nikola Djurek, Liang Hai, Thomas Huot-Marchand and the ANRT students.

Thank you to all the generous people who made our exhibition and this showcase possible:
Jack Curry, Arrow Type, Antonio Cavedoni, OHno Type Company, Ben Kiel, Commercial Type, Andy Clymer, Mark Davies, Christoph Koeberlin, Arthur Reinders Folmer, Matthijs Sluiter, Frank Grießhammer, Liang Hai, Martin Tiefenthaler, Letterspace Amsterdam, Michi Bundscherer, Susana Carvalho and Kai Bernau, Krystian Sarkis, Mathieu Lommen, Dirk Uhlenbrock, Mark De Winne, Erik van Blokland, Albert Pinggera, Paul van del Laan, Nikola Djurek, Rasmus Andersson, Daniel Grumer, Troy Leinster, Lettermin, Noheul Lee and Loris Olivier, Marina Chaccur, Exlijbris FF, Jim Catel, Alexander Kremser.

Website by Nina Botthof, Renan Rosatti & Jan Šindler.

The typeface used is Obviously by OHno Type Company.

Olga Umpeleva's header


Noordenwind is a typeface inspired by the turbulent Dutch winds, which blow in all directions simultaneously. Noordenwind starts from a simple place. There are not enough serifs in our typefaces. Why should serifs only be present in certain places? Why is it not possible to add them elsewhere? In Noordenwind, Olga combines her interests in crazy display types and clean san serifs by designing a family of 3 sans-serif display styles, 2 serif displays, and one text style.

Olga Umpeleva

Olga Umpeleva is a designer from Moscow, Russia. Before Type and Media she studied at the Moscow University of Printing Arts. She has worked with several studios including ParaType, Brownfox and Art. Lebedev Studio. Olga is a published type designer with fonts on Google Fonts and MyFonts. Olga likes to draw out of the world display typefaces, while keeping herself grounded with text typefaces. A designer of both Latin and Cyrillic letters, Olga is also a practiced stone carver, often visiting cemeteries to look at carved letters. Also fond of black horses.

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TM20: Olga Umpeleva from TypeMedia MA on Vimeo .