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Tomi Haaparanta was born in Finland in 1967. He has studied Graphic Design in the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and also in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, where he discovered type design during a short course held by Phil Baines. He still holds a grudge against Baines for that.
Tomi Haaparanta has been making typefaces for the past twenty years. He has considerable experience working as an Art Director for several agencies. Tomi has also worked as a type designer in HEL, where he designed typfaces for many Finnish and international clients including Protokid for Diesel Industry's kids wear department. Under his direction, HEL also produced a few typefaces of their own: the War font set and Denim set are currently distributed by T-26.
Tomi currently teaches type design at the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki and works as a graphic designer at Taivas Design. Additionally since six years ago, Tomi has dedicated a lot of his time to his Suomi Type Foundry.
His fonts are distributed by FontShop, ITC, Monotype, Linotype, MyFonts, Psy/Ops, T-26, FontHaus and YouWorkForThem.