Bokstavligt / Lettered – A Narrative on Typography by Örjan Nordling


Nordling, Örjan


Identitype AB, Åkersberga, Sweden. 2024. 64 pages (22 x 24 cm). Soft bound with black board cover. Front, spine and back lettered in white gilt. Richly illustrated. Graphic design by Örjan Nordling. Typeface Nordling Sans. Text in English and Swedish.

This exposé is a work about and by the designer Örjan Nordling. It addresses graphic design and typography in Sweden, mostly in recent years, from the mid-1980s to today.However, the primary focus is on the elements of typography, the various typefaces, and their development concerning form, design, and technical production. Already during his formative years in high school, Örjan was introduced to the design of printing types. During his education at the artistic university Konstfack and as a guest student at Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, he worked on his first typeface, Nordling BQ. Since then, he has been involved in the developed several typefaces and has a long career in the typographic field. It is an instructional and educational text.

The preface is written by Håkan Lindström, teacher in graphic design at Grafiska Institutet and Konstfack School of Arts, Stockholm, professor 1987–94.


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