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Nils Thomsen, typeface designer
Fred Smeijers, type director
OurType, foundry
OurType Meret is a typeface family for newspapers; and a good deal more. It is the work of Nils Thomsen, whose undogmatic attitude to design and straight-on working methods are powered by research, perseverance, and the latest font development technologies. Meret is the fruit of this approach, formed during Nils's time in the TypeMedia course at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Meret's design carefully balances pointed-nib and broad-nib stroke contrast. It is styled to contemporary typographic requirements and finetuned throughout its range of weights. These perform faultlessly in text, while the Thin and Black weights are great for headlines. Meret's mild italics are the perfect foil for its vivid romans. And the serifless figures stand out beautifully‚ÄĒlining, old style, and small cap designs, and an intermediate variant whose height is especially suited to newspaper texts. Meret's uppercase height, slightly reduced, is an asset for typesetting capitals-intensive languages. Apart from newspaper work, Meret serves any kind of design involving extended texts, from books to dictionaries to magazines. It is hardly coincidental that Florian Bachleda and Christian Schwartz chose Meret for the recent redesign of Fast Company, the magazine of entrepreneurial innovation, serving as a text face throughout.
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