Gunnar Vilhjálmsson is the co-founder of Universal Thirst, an Indian and Icelandic type foundry that makes typefaces for the Indic, Latin and Arabic scripts. Gunnar studied graphic design at Iceland University of the Arts, and worked briefly in Reykjavik’s creative industry before becoming a freelance designer and focusing on collaborations within the cultural sector.
After completing his M.A. in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2010, he joined Monotype’s London studio, working on major type projects for global brands. Since launching in 2016, Universal Thirst has taken on bespoke projects for Google, The Gourmand, Frieze Art Fair, DesignMarch, Monotype and Falcon Enamelware, and is scheduled to open its font library to the world this fall.