The Designers

justin_knopp_Justin Knopp studied BA (hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (1991-1994) and is an Alumni of the University of the Arts London. Since graduating, Justin’s passion for letterpress printing deepened and over the past 20 years he has amassed a substantial collection of metal and wooden types, printing machines and other paraphernalia – much of which he has rescued and restored to working order. After working in the Graphic Design industry for many years, Justin founded Typoretum in 2008 in response to a renewed worldwide interest in the craft of letterpress printing. Five years on Typoretum is a busy, family run, contemporary letterpress design and printing studio offering a wide variety of services.

gergo_gilicze_and_rebeka_molnar_500Gergő Gilicze and Rebeka Molnár are talented young Hungarian designers who spent the Summer of 2013 at Typoretum after winning a scholarship from the Erasmus scheme. Rebeka is currently in her third year studying BA Graphic Design at the University of West Hungary in Sopron. Gergő is also studying at Sopron University and is in his second year of MA Graphic Design.

Rebeka is a graphic artist based in Sopron, Hungary, but originally from a village called Veresegyház – noted for a bear farm and a choir of old women… so Rebeka spends most of her time in Sopron. Rebeka likes small things and details, and making small detailed things from paper and glue. She prefers hand-lettering and when she designed her pages, she always made little sketches and drawings first. Rebeka feels that she fell in love with wooden types at first impression, always liking the traditional ways of typography, the smell of the ink, and absolutely loves the paper, every kind of paper in every colour.

Gergő is a graphic designer living in Sopron, a historic town and known as one of the oldest jewelboxes in Hungary, with many secret streets and alleyways. Gergő takes inspiration from the mystery of his home town and if you look closely enough, you will find hidden elements within his work, relating to his life. Gergő is in love with letters and all things typographical and is also a talented type designer. Gergő embraced learning about traditional typesetting disciplines during his internship. Since leaving Typoretum, his skills are in great demand and commissions include designing an Art Deco font for a Cinema in Hungary as part of their new visual identity. As well typography, Gergő also enjoys modern Vector art and feels that knowing the practical and traditional processes, like drawing or letterpress, are the important bases of contemporary graphic design.

matt_leach_type_high_scale_220Matt Leach studied Typography for three years at the London College of Printing where his letterform fanaticism and keen typographic eye flourished. His skills with a type high scale are becoming legendary at Typoretum and his love of white ink is keeping some ink manufacturers in business. His days at work are spent in a local ski shop but his mind regularly wanders to all things type related and when not dreaming of the next, gladed deep-powder tree run he can be found sketching in his notebooks and devising new ways to play with type.