The passion for letters!

The passion for letters!

The passion for letters!


Stefan Hattenbach is a well-known Swedish type designer with over 30 years of experience with type design, graphic design and advertising. He started out with advertising in 1980, moved on to graphic design in 1994. He designed his first typeface in 1996 and the founder of MAC Rhino Fonts. Stefan lives and works in Stockholm, but have also worked abroad in Budapest (1993–94) and San Francisco (2005–06). Since 2012, he works full time designing custom typefaces for domestic and international companies (by 2018 more than 50 typefaces including retail typefaces). In 2012–13, he designed the official typefaces for Sweden, together with the design agency Söderhavet. His retail typefaces have been spread around the World since the first design, New Global, was released in 1996. Stefan is totally passionate about letters (addicted collector of type specimens). Consider travelling as a fundamental »hobby« and have a weak spot for Italy. 100% Romanista (AS ROMA supporter) and espresso lover.

Stefan Hattenbach / Sveavägen 82 / SE-113 59 Stockholm / / +46 (0) 70 880 23 70 / Twitter / Instagram

The importance of custom typography is increasing more than ever. With the faster technology used today, also smaller companies can start thinking of making a custom typeface to strengthen their identity. Even a shorter campaign, can now include a specialised typeface and still be cost effective. MRF can create distinctive original type or modify and expand an existing design.

MRF can take unfinished projects and turn them into working typefaces, but can also transform sketches, scans or any type of analog artwork into digital fonts. Sometimes existing typefaces needs to be expanded. MRF can assist if all the approval from the original designer/owner is in place.

Through the vast network of digital type gurus, MRF offers services such as Spacing and Kerning, Vector Checking, Bitmap Building, Platform and Format Conversion and Hinting. Contact MRF for an estimate or additional information.

MRF also partner with design agencies and in-house teams to refine and refresh logotypes and word marks.

Stefan Hattenbach likes to be on stage, talking about type design in general or on a subject within the type business. Sometimes supervising in design schools, or setting up an exclusive work shop for a company.
Get in touch if you have an idea or want to put something together.

If you have other questions, want to collaborate or otherwise, please contact MRF to find out how we can help:

MRF feel proud to have helped a large variety of clients making custom typefaces:
Absolut Vodka, AMF Fastigheter, Bithack, Bonnier Korsord, Cancerfonden, Dina Försäkringar, Djurgårdens IF, Dometic, Exotic Snacks, Filmstaden, Fryshuset, Halebop, Hemnet, H&M, Human Scales, Hästens, iZettle, Jernhusen, Jura, Klövern, Malibu, Nextory, P5 (Swedish Radio), Proffice, Resurs, Skanska, SJ (Swedish Rail), Skrapan, So-Type (Söderhavet), Svenska Kyrkan, Sveriges Arkitekter, Swedbank, Swedish Institute (Sweden Sans – Sweden’s official typeface), Tallink, Thomas Cook, TV4 Gruppen, Tui, Åhlens and others.

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