The Northern Block are looking for great creatives, makers and problem solvers.

Mid-Weight Graphic Designer: Full Time

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The Northern Block is looking for a Mid-Weight Graphic Designer to join our expanding creative team in our Newcastle office. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years experience in editorial, print, publishing and digital design and should be open to learning a wider range of skills in the font business, whilst looking to excel in their specialist field. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on an exciting and varied range of projects that will help to promote our font library and further establish The Northern Block brand. The Graphic Designer should demonstrate a track record of producing high quality work across a variety of media, using industry standard software.

Job Description 

As our Graphic Designer, your role involves the design of promotional campaigns for new and existing fonts, producing original and creative concepts for screen and print production. Working both collaboratively within our team and remotely unassisted, you will be able to take a project brief through to final publication. In addition to this, you will showcase high level of design competency, demonstrating strong typographic skills and in-depth understanding of our font libraryEstablished knowledge of typographic trends, social media advertising and blogging would be an advantage. 

Skills and Experience 

  • Established Graphic/Web Design experience (Video/Motion Design experience a bonus) 
  • Established knowledge and understanding of typography 
  • Experience within an agency environment and working remotely unassisted 
  • Accomplished self-management skills to implement a project from start to finish 
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, including digital and motion graphic software 
  • Ideally a degree in Graphic Design/Typographic Design or related discipline 
  • Meticulous attention to detail and flawless implementation


An opportunity to work within a studio situated in the historic Tyne Valley — collaborate with a team of creatives, bloggers and type enthusiasts from around the globe to influence and shape the future of our type design and font development. Attractive salary package including non-contractual profit, performance related bonuses, pension plan and additional training courses.


If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for, please email with a brief introductory letter why you would be a good fit for The Northern Block. All submissions must include a current CV, a selection of your best work in PDF format and your current salary expectations. Please note, submissions without a PDF portfolio will not be reviewed.


January 4, 2019

Font Developer

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The Northern Block is seeking an additional Font Developer to join our Font Development Team.

The primary role is the development of new and existing fonts to The Northern Block library and also custom font projects for an ever-growing client base.
Working both collaboratively as part of a team and remotely unassisted you will make a key contribution to help further establish and improve The Northern Block’s font collection.


  • Visual check and assessment of designs for consistency and accuracy.
  • Running automated technical check reports.
  • Amending font designs as required.
  • Output of final font formats.
  • Perform final checks.


  • Comfortable with Glyphs (and possibly FontLab).
  • Knowledge of AFDKO (and possibly VOLT and VTT)
  • Knowledge of the OT font specification and font table structures.
  • Knowledge of the structure of font formats (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2)
  • Knowledge of Python in Glyphs and/or FontLab.
  • Knowledge of Google font tools (Fonttools, Fontmake, Fontbakery.)

Additional Criteria

  • 2+ Years experience in type design, programming and hinting
  • BA or MA in Type Design, Computer Programming and/or Software Engineering
  • Experience of working with Non-Latin scripts
  • Excellent proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
  • Ability to critique the work of others; and be open to critical feedback
  • Ability to work unassisted and remotely

Salary depending upon experience and reviewed annually.
Location is not required to be in the UK; however, travel will be required to our office on a regular basis.

To apply email, with salary expectations and portfolio.


November 16, 2018

Type Designer

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The Northern Block is looking for a typeface designer to work remotely and liaise with our award winning team in our Newcastle office. The typeface designer should have a minimum of two years experience in type design. Candidates should be open to learning a wider level of skills in the font industry, whilst looking to excel in their specialist field of type design. The successful applicant will work on an exciting range of projects that will help to improve our font library and further establish our client base. The typeface designer should demonstrate a track record of producing high-quality work across a variety of type design styles both working independently and in collaboration with a team.

How To Apply
If this is something you would be interested in, please take a look at our full job description and send an email to with a brief introductory letter why you would make a good typeface designer for The Northern Block. Also include your current CV*, three best pieces of work in PDF format and your current salary expectations.

 *Please note we are not accepting CV’s from previous applicants.


March 6, 2018