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Luc(as) de Groot

Dutch type designer living in Berlin

Lucas de Groot. Born in The Netherlands and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague under Gerrit Noordzij.

He worked for four years with the Dutch design group BRS Premsela Vonk, and also taught at the Art Academy in Den Bosch. He moved to Berlin in 1993 to join MetaDesign where he worked for another four years. As typographic director at MetaDesign in Berlin, he worked on a range of corporate design projects; from logos, magazine concepts
and custom typefaces, to fine-tuning and implementing type. In 1997 Lucas accepted a part- time teaching position in Potsdam, a former East German city just outside of Berlin. The Fachhochschule Potsdam was founded shortly after the unification of Germany and is currently the only school in Germany to employ a Professor of Type Development. Together with the Dutch typographer Wim Westerveld he started a new company. Under the name FontFabrik he offers services like type and logo development and digital implementation to design and advertising agencies. For the German magazine DER SPIEGEL, Lucas designed an exclusive series of fonts. For SUN Microsystems, two exclusive type families were designed. For the Dutch Ministry of Landbouw Natuurbeheer en Visserij, FontFabrik developed an exclusive typeface family. In addition to his famous and extensive Thesis font family, he has developed several typefaces that are published by his own private font foundry, LucasFonts.

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