From a country where, in the twentieth century, type design was mainly for signage, display, and logotypes and executed by architects to The Netherlands, where type design is related to writing, text, and printing history and back again; the practice of Trine Rask is focused on custom typefaces—where type design serves a purpose and works well in many different media. From her Danish ancestors, Rask learned to design in a personal and letter-focused way; from Type and Media in The Hague, she learned about type families and text. Today, Rask combines the two in her work for clients and her retail typefaces. She will take you from the starting point to where she is today, with examples from her Danish heroes and her own work.
Trine Rask holds a Master in Type Design from Type and Media KABK, The Hague, in the Netherlands. In 2004, she founded a studio in Copenhagen, specializing in type design and typography. Since 2008, Rask has released several retail typefaces and designed a bunch of bespoke typefaces and lettering pieces. She works internationally and has a special interest in accented letters, true italics, and well-made curves. Rask has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence in Typedesign from the Type Directors Club, New York, a Red Dot Award, a Cresta Award, and a diploma for excellent contribution to book craft in Denmark for her work in type design. Since 2005, Rask has taught type design at dmjx, Copenhagen, and, over the years, has been a visiting teacher at the Royal Danish Academy and Designskolen Kolding.