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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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“[American Scribe] is the 3rd font I have ordered from this foundry! Love them. Thanks for the good and authentic work!”
—V.B., BC, Canada

“Keep up the fonts! They are some of the best I have seen in 10-plus years of design.”
—M.O., Little Rock AR

“Our 3rd and 4th graders are thrilled that their historical writing is going to look so authentic!
—S.E., Charlottesville VA

“I'm a collector of 19th century antiques and photographs, and like to make labels and scrapbooks using fonts that fit the period of my items. I've even tried to learn the penmanship myself using dip pens... your fonts will make it so much easier!”
—P.M., Palatine IL

Bonsai is very beautiful; the font's antiquity seems to conjure a sweet staleness of old newsprint, somehow.”
—A.T., Ontario, Canada

“Your period-style handwriting fonts remain the very best I've ever found. Thanks for your most excellent contributions to American typography!”
—A.L., Los Angeles CA

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

 

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