I had the pleasure of working in an office with Stockholm designer Stefan Hattenbach this year. Stefan practically bubbles over with a love for typography. His walls are full of specimen books and his head full of font ideas — some of which have manifest themselves in over 35 typeface designs since ’97. Many of these fonts reside at his three fine vendors, but Stefan finally has a single showcase for all his work at his new personal foundry site: MAC Rhino Fonts.
Stefan gave me the honor of designing some of the online showings, which he generously offers in printable PDF downloads as well — a fine example for all small foundries. I only wish (and we’ve already had a friendly tussle over this one) he would have presented the fonts in a frameless site so you can see the specimens in their full splendor. Let us know what you think.
In any case, the typefaces speak for themselves, no matter how they’re presented. My favorites are Lunda Modern and Sophisto. I’ve also had an enduring soft spot for the quirky western Oxtail. In the midst of setting the Oxtail poster, I discovered when it’s set tight, the tails can act as connectors for a pseudo-script (see “our america”). Stefan’s typefaces are full of these little unexpected nuggets. I like to think the relative isolation of Sweden offers him a unique perspective on letter design. So go buy some MRF fonts, now! [at PSY/OPS] [at Veer] [at Fountain] [at FontShop]
See also: Classic Packaging