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53 Hohenesch
Altona, HH, 22765



Nils Thomsen


Captivated by graffiti ever since he was a child, Nils developed a fascination for the shapes of letters. During his studies at the Muthesius art school in Kiel, type and typography became Nils’ primary interests. The school’s type design classes led by Albert-Jan Pool played an important role in defining his next step – the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Nils successfully completed his master’s degree in the postgraduate Type]Media course in 2010. 

Nils’ master’s thesis consisted of designing the typeface “Meret” at the Type]Media course. Afterwards, the typeface was further developed by OurType and joined their collection in 2011.

Meret received the letter.2 Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the Association Typographique Internationale in 2011.

In the same year, Christian Schwartz chose Meret as the new text face for the American business magazine “Fast Company”. In 2013, Meret was rated as one of the best typographies of the year by the “Communication Arts magazine”.

Between 2011 and 2013, Nils worked at Bureau Johannes Erler in Hamburg. During this time he participated in the redesign of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, contributing to its new corporate typeface. Nils parts were the "text-face" and the additional headline "serif-face".

In the beginning of 2013 Nils started his own business, drawing typefaces and working as a freelancer in Hamburg. In early 2014 Nils Thomsen founded Nils Types to start distributing his own fonts.


freelance / clients

Spiegel Verlag

Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co Kg

Ligalux Gmbh

since 2015
CPN Network GmbH

since 2014

since 2013
Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann

Ineo Designlab®

since 2012
Inna Di Dance Promotion

since 2011
GoldFischGlas GmbH

2007 — 2011
Luna -


01.03.2011 — 31.12.2012
Typedesign, communication design

01.09.2009 — 31.07.2010   
Royal Academy of Arts Den Haag 
Master of Arts, Typedesign

01.09.2005 — 30.03.2009    
Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
Bachelor of Arts, Typedesign

releases / awards

Jun. 2015
PAGE interview

Feb. 2015
Jabana Alt & Extras ( 

Mar. 2015
PAGE article (Jabana) more ...

Feb. 2015
PAGE Portfolio des Monats more ... 

Okt. 2014
Conto Slab ( 

Sept. 2014
Conto ( 
News: Rising Star Nov. 2014 

Jan. 2014
Jabana (

Typography Annual 2013
Communication Arts Magazine California (Meret)
more ...

letter.2 Atypi,
2nd type design competition (Meret)
more ...

Nov. 2011
Meret (


Nils Thomsen / Hohenesch 53 / 33765 Hamburg / / +49 151 10 731 981 / @nilsthomsen