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When starting again to work on Berg in 2009, I was randomly watching a home video. The short clip showed me in the background working on a very early version of its ampersand—it was actually a bit disturbing to discover that the creation of the typeface had taken this long! Since then, working on Berg has taken on many forms. The job changed from being a tinkering-around-spare-time-thing into a focused part time job. While working on Berg, I gained a lot of knowledge. Its definite form has evolved dramatically during the last years.
Can you explain the evolvement of Berg’s personality?
At the very beginning of the concept’s earliest version, Berg was labeled differently. Its inaugural name was Ferdinand—named after the bull from the famous kid’s story—because the font had this kind of energetic bull-feeling. Initially the font was drawn by a far heavier and sturdier look. The font’s character was more squarish and contained less contrast between the vertical and horizontal strokes. First of all, Ferdinand was only applicable to one heavy weight, but then when I started working on the lighter ones, I soon realized that the brutal heftiness of the heavy weight didn't translate as good into the lighter weights. So I started reworking the font into a less angular typeface and added contrast, finally settling on a style whose features would be easily applicable in any weight. The final result turned out to be forceful rather than sturdy, emitting a certain tension the way it curves.
How come you changed the font’s name into Berg?
Well, the resulting font didn't quite look like a bull anymore! In order to come up with a new name, I started looking around for objects that—like Berg—contain a strong tension—and somehow I started thinking about mountains. At the time I was working on Berg, I went on a trip to Iceland where massive underground pressure had forced lava and rocks to the shape of this utmost dramatic mountain landscape. Thus the name—Berg—simply alludes to the personality of mountains.
How would you describe your typical work routine?
During the last years working on Berg, I have lived in different cities and even in different countries. I have worked in many shared-offices around Copenhagen sitting next to designers, architects, journalists, and all-kinds-of entrepreneurs. Looking back on Berg’s creation process, I think the outlines of the font have successfully absorbed a lot of the interrelationships with all kind of creative people. After all, type design embraces a lot of routines—and I guess moving around is a good way of constantly breaking this monotony. Actually I don't have a favorite way of creating fonts.