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Oliver Twist inspires The Northern Block’s Fagun typeface


The Northern Block has released a new “super legible” font, inspired by Charles Dickens’ novels and characters.

Fagun, a deliberately misspelt homage to Fagin was designed by the North East studio’s founder, Jonathan Hill.

“Fagun embraces the all-important dimension of inclusivity and contemporaneity which innovation always demands,” he explained.

“From my perspective, Fagun differs in the way that it does not commit 100% to true calligraphic principles. To give the typeface a proficient level of modernity, Fagun combines both hand-drawn lines with pure straight mathematical lines. 

“Alternative characters are not offered by similar typefaces, so with Fagun, I wanted to create some alternatives that would give the design a different flavour and reinforce the functionality in readable text.”


The humanist sans-serif typeface has been designed to make reading long lines of text easier.

The Northern Block’s fonts have been used by The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert, Squarespace, EA Sports, Adobe and Vauxhall.

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