I designed a typeface called Norse Sans
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Tags —
  • Typeface
Roles —
  • Designer
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— Legible at small sizes.
Because it's a digital typeface it needed to work it's magic on all sizes.

— Design system ready.
The typeface should be versatile enough that it can be used as the sole workhorse within a brand.

— Idiosyncratic but easy to read.
The paradoxical situation of wanting to design a unique typeface, which in itself is a great challenge. But also making sure that the design didn't stray too far away from legibility. Norse Sans is designed to be a balance between the two.


Norse Sans is
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I learned a great deal designing this typeface. Infact the whole project was aimed to make me a better UI/UX designer. My goal wasn't to make a successful typeface.

I found it hard to find resources about the actual design part of a typeface. It seems that most type designers adapted the learn-by-doing methodology. So this was a very different learning experience from what I'm used to.

Norse evolved a lot during the whole process. Especially after couple of feedback rounds from professional typeface designers around the world. In fact, looking back; Norse went through a very schizophrenic phase where I tested probably tens of different directions before I was happy.

I designed a website to present the typeface, which can be found at norsesans.netlify.com


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