Franko Luin (1941—2005)

Written by Dan Reynolds on November 16, 2005

Franko LuinBorn to Slovenian parents in Trieste, Italy, in 1941, Frank Luin immigrated to Sweden in 1961. After studying at the Grafiska Institutet during the 1960s, Franko Luin spent two decades honing his skills as a print designer for Ericsson before branching out on his own. He spent much of the 1990s perusing two passions: multimedia and typeface design. In 1996, he founded his own typographic studio, Omnibus Typografi.

That same year, Linotype began distributing his fonts, including his digital revivals of classic typefaces like Caslon, Baskerville, and Bodoni. Although he played a withdrawn role in the international community of type designers, his work will hopefully remain an inspiration for decades.

In addition to this visual legacy, Franko Luin was proactive as an influence on future generations of designers, for instance he engagingly led a course in Web Typography at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. A third passion of Franko Luin’s was Esperanto, which he began learning at age 15. His involvement in Esperanto organizations even acted as an inspiration for his design work — he named a type family after the language in 1993.

Franko Luin passed away on September 15, 2005, in Tyresö, Sweden. He was 64.

More information about Franko Luin and his typefaces is available at Linotype.

Dan Reynolds is a failed spirit, living in Berlin, but at least he finally has a dog. Occasionally, he designs typefaces (even one or two good ones), but he more often writes minor copy for typefoundries and font-retail websites. In 2015, he finally started working on the dissertation he planned in 2011; it is due in Spring 2018. Wish him luck! He really needs it.


  1. Dan Reynolds says:

    Franko Luin’s short internet autobiography can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).

  2. Ricardo Cordoba says:

    Luin’s autobiography makes for some entertaining reading, Dan. Thanks for all of the links and info.

  3. Core says:

    That’s really sad. I didn’t know him, but we did write an email or two. I work in the same little town as Mr. Luin (Tyresö Sweden), so this news stirred up sad feelings for me. Great classic fontwork, too.

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