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Ever since he was a child, Nils has been captivated by graffiti and this early fascination bloomed into a love of letterforms. Pursuing this interest, Nils completed his studies at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, and his master’s degree in the postgraduate Type and Media course in The Hague. His master’s project, the award-winning typeface Meret, is used in several international magazines, including Fast Company Magazine.

From 2011 to 2013, Nils worked at Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann in Hamburg. There he participated in the redesign of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, contributing to its new corporate typeface. Nils focused on the text-face and the additional headline serif-face. In 2013 Nils started his own business, Nils Types, where he focussed on drawing and selling typefaces and where he began working with a variety of clients on custom type projects. His sans serif workhorse Conto became a MyFonts Bestseller and in 2015 Nils drew an exclusive handmade font for the Lufthansa Magazine redesign by Gruner+Jahr.