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Lars Bergquist

About Lars Bergquist

Swedish type designer Lars Bergquist described himself as “a living fossil from the age of lead type.” He was born in 1936 and trained originally as a historian but left university life and went into publishing—of encyclopedias and reference literature—learning that side of typography from the bottom up. The bottom line being Linotype machines, smelling of hot lead and oil, and flatbed presses behaving like “demented mangles.” He used to say that he was a typographer who had gone all the way from cuneiform to digital.

Bergquist became a type designer at a late stage; because of his background in history, he specialized in text type with historical roots and even flirted with blackletter, building a second career under his proprietary Timberwolf Type brand. Two things put an end to this: medical problems leading to some close encounters with “sawbones of a specialist kind,” and the discovery that he’d produced so many fonts for different foundries that he was actually competing with himself.

After his Timberwolf Type operation wound down, he reverted to the study of history, “in rocking-chair mode”, and old hobbies like epistemology, photography—and type-watching. His typefaces, of course, still have a life of their own.

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“The Lamar Pen font is divine. We are using it on a novel set in the eighteenth century, and the author is ecstatic.”
—J.H., London, England

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—G.H., London, England

“I've never seen anyone digitize old quill-pen handwriting [like Schooner Script], warts and all. You've done a fine job.”
—R.W., Costa Mesa CA

“I took one look at American Scribe and knew it was the Declaration of Independence before reading the ad copy. You captured it perfectly.”
—B.P., Marietta OH

“You have maintained a level of quality in the design of your various fonts that rivals the best foundries.”
—G.V., Salem OR

“Oh! I'm in loooove with [Lamar Pen]! It's lovely, it's organic, it's real, it's got history & tradition. My designs are singing!”
—C.C., Palo Alto CA

“[American Scribe] may be the greatest font ever! Everyone on the planet should have it!”
—M.P., Boulder CO

 

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