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Hannes Famira

Hannes Famira is founding principal of the Kombinat-Typefounders. He is a graphic designer, a type designer and a teacher of both disciplines. After 20 years in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany he now lives in New York City.

He studied graphic and typographic design at the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands. After apprenticeships at Studio Dumbar and the Font Bureau he worked at Meta Design, at the Buro Petr van Blokland and at House Industries.

Hannes started his own design studio Das Kombinat in 1999 and the Kombinat-Typefounders in 2001.

He taught various typography and typedesign classes at the SfG, School for Design in Basel (CH), at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Art, the New Jersey City University, the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the City University of New York. Hannes has been teaching in the Type@Cooper Extended and Condensed programs at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art since January 2011.

Current Positions

Principal and Type Designer at Kombinat-Typefounders
Lecturer at the Type@Cooper program
Member of Advisory Board at AISS, Art in Social Structures


2013 Typodarium
2011 featured in book “Type Navigator”
2007 featured in book “Made with FontFont”
2006 e (FontShop magazine #11)”
2003 profiled in German design magazine “Zwiebelfisch”
2002 featured in book “Ha, daar gaat er een van mij!”, 010 publishers, (isbn 90.6450.436.9) a chronicle of graphic design in The Hague between 1945 and 2000.
1998 typeface InterFamily featured in special edition of publication “Schriften österreichischer Designer” by designAustria, the professional association of Austrian graphic designers.
1996 featured in book “Haagse Letters” publisher De Buitenkant (isbn 9070386836) introducing typefaces InterPol and InterSerif
1994 first place at design competition for a charity post stamp for the KNCV Royal Dutch Center for Fighting Tuberculosis
1998 typeface “ffBlocker” published by Font Shop International
1995 typeface “ffMutilated” published by Font Shop International

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