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This is Typolar

The Northern European Type Collaboration

The Northern European type collaboration Typolar builds on the Scandinavian tradition of sturdy functionalism. For us it means clever type families built on fresh ideas. Working closely with the publishing industry has made our fonts ideally suited for editorial work. Moreover, many have found them a great fit in branding and identities. And that’s how we like it.

Besides design our members also teach, run workshops and write. At the moment we are based in Helsinki.

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info ( at ) typolar.com
+358 50 339 1487

Typolar Oy Ltd
Eläintarhantie 18
00530 Helsinki

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Jarno Lukkarila

CEO, Creative Director

Jarno Lukkarila became devoted to type design after graduating from Type & Media in The Hague, and assisting at Büro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens in 2001. Having studied at Aalto University in Helsinki, he began an independent type foundry in 2006. With some encouraging push from customers and font users, it has gradually evolved into type designers' collective.

A careful and precise approach to design has brought Jarno to work with the leading Finnish publishing, IT and consumer brands. His work has been successful at, for example the Type Directors Club in New York and the Morisawa Awards in Tokyo. His typeface Tanger Serif was selected as one of the best in ten years at Letter.2 by Association Typographique Internationale.

Besides leading the creative work at Typolar, Jarno takes care of the technical production and publishing of the typefaces.

Typefaces designed by Jarno:


Calyposo E

Calypso I


Tanger Serif

Walmer Marker

Xtra Sans

Emma Laiho


Emma Laiho is a type designer graduated from Type & Media in 2011. She has a background in Architecture studies as well as a degree in graphic design from Aalto University in Helsinki. Now based in Helsinki she divides her time between type and graphic design projects in addition to teaching.

Emma has worked on a wide range of projects, from editorial and identity design to exhibition design. Her passion lies in designing books and other publications, which has given her a critical eye for developing text typefaces. In her type work she strives to combine nordic simplicity with lively calligraphic forms.

Typefaces assisted by Emma:


Walmer Marker

Saku Heinänen


Saku Heinänen is a graphic and type designer living in Helsinki. He currently holds a professorship at the Graphic Design faculty of Aalto University, where his responsibilities are typography, type design and publication design.

When designing typefaces, Saku strives after flexible and versatile font families suitable for various tasks. They should work well in long text at small sizes, and still have a distinguishable character of their own.

Typefaces designed by Saku: