Frank Grießhammer


Frank Grießhammer is a typeface designer from Germany, living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

After studying graphic design in Germany (HBKsaar) and Italy (ISIA Firenze), he specialized on typeface design in the Type & Media program at KABK The Hague. His graduation project Quixo was released by FontFont, and received a TDC2 award in 2014.

Frank worked for FontShop International in Berlin, and has been a member of the Adobe Type Team since 2011. His work falls in between typeface design and technology – his design process of the Source Serif family is often supplemented by questioning traditional type production methods through new Robofont extensions.

In his spare time, Frank teaches typeface design at Type@Cooper West with Tânia Raposo and James Edmondson, practices freestyle calligraphy, pursues digital type archeology, and likes to dig through specific Unicode ranges (such as Box Drawing Characters and Zapf Dingbats).


BITS 8 on the beach Conference
Frank Grießhammer
October 6, 2018
Morning Session
10:00am - 1:00pm
at Tamarind Ballroom,
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

"Where are the Italics?"

Open Source typeface design is liberating and frustrating at the same time. It is hard to finish a traditional typeface, but the nature of open source allows the design process to extend indefinitely. 

This talk will outline the long way toward making Source Serif a fully-fledged typeface family, the obstacles encountered along the way, and the (sometimes unexpected) issues filed by users. In addition to explaining the role of Source Serif within the larger Source Han Serif project, the talk will give a guideline for organization, presentation, and release strategy of Open Source typeface design projects.


BITS 8 on the beach Workshop
Frank Grießhammer and Tânia Raposo
October 7, 2018
Afternoon Session
3:30pm - 5:00pm
at Tamarind 2,
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort
Available slots : 10

"Black or white?" 

A new typeface design can start out in multiple ways – from formal handwriting to a loose pencil sketch, or an elaborate drawing. Some designers work purely digital, others start sketching on their iPad. Different starting points influence the final result immensely.
We will try and start working on new letter designs going from black to white (instead of the other way around). Designers like Schneidler and Frutiger have achieved unexpected results that way – you will, too!