Profile: Andrea Tinnes

"The thing that really attracts me to type design is the challenge of working within the constraints of supposedly static and precisely defined shapes, respecting the laws of Latin letterforms, and balancing cultural conventions with individual expression," says the type designer Andrea Tinnes. "It's quite fascinating how minimal alterations like variations in weight and space, straights and curves, starts and finishes, ascenders and descenders, can have a maximum effect."

The way she polarises and balances concepts isn't just something that characterises her description of why she's been so captivated by typography for the last decade or so. It's something that seems to be a theme in her work. Some of her faces, such as PTL Skopex, DasDeck and Wedding Sans would put her in the same category as other great German typographers whose work is clean, careful and conventional. Yet in some of her other fonts - HairCrimes, Stitch-Me, Mimesis and Volvox, for example - expression and experimentation are evident in the extreme.

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