We are a creative type foundry with the mission to create beautiful, accessible & distinctive fonts which help give brands from around the world a voice.

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A compact, purposeful made studio was built in 2014 inspired by Japanese workspaces. The intention was to closely connect with the surrounding Northumberland countryside and help bring together people with a shared professional interest of type, and design that recognised the importance of peer interaction and mobility in a knowledge-based industry.

The studio architecture is at one with the core values of the business and helps to inspire and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing. It also extends the idea of craft based pursuits whereby the building is as unique as the products created within it’s walls.


Designing a custom typeface can give you that extra level of detail which improves consistency and creates a unique visual identity much like a signature or fingerprint. It can also influence perceptions of its targeting audience by reinforcing trust, recognition and overall attraction. Further to this, a custom typeface can be a viable solution for companies who have in the past been unsuccessful using off the shelf typefaces.

Often looked at as a costly process only available to the largest brands and corporations The Northern Block offers a unique approach to custom work making projects realistic and attainable for a start-up, small and medium size independently owned enterprises. If you’re setting up a brand, launching a website, developing an app or video game and require that extra layer of visual detail to help you stand out, then a custom type design can be the answer.

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The Northern Block can modify any of our existing fonts to your specified criteria. Changing an existing font can be a great cost effective solution when working to demanding deadlines that do not allow the creation of a new custom font from scratch. You may have been working with one of our existing fonts and would like to create a custom version for your company.

The Northern Block will collaborate with you to decide the right level of modifications to rename and use the font exclusively under our enterprise license agreement. Other reasons you may wish to modify one of our fonts, is to work with your brand specifically the logotype by changing individual letters that better match existing characters.


Whether you’re an indie game developer, or a worldwide brand; languages are incredibly important. When you choose a font for your ‘brand’ it’s important to ensure that it can be read in the languages you’re selling your product or service to. The Northern Block specialises in┬ádeveloping Non-Latin and Latin scripts for fonts, extending a current character set, or completely building from scratch.

We can create & develop the following Non-Latin scripts: Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, Korean & Thai.