Olli Meier joined the Fontwerk family in 2022. As our Font Engineer, he is responsible for ensuring the high technical quality of our fonts.
He began his career as a Communications Designer for agencies such as MetaDesign and Stan Hema. He also taught the basics of typography at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden before he was drawn to Monotype’s production team. There he found his calling in font technology, most recently as a Senior Software Engineer, and was responsible for internal font tools, among many other things.
His projects for the market leader included: Helvetica Now, Neue Frutiger World (working on Quality Engineering). He worked with Bernd Volmer on the corporate design of TYPOLabs, which used a variable font as a logo for the first time and was awarded a Red Dot. He also created his own family Vary and the interactive font specimen website FontSpecimen.com, which was an Awwwards-nominee. As a committed member of the Unicode consortium, Olli is involved in the development of one of the most important tools in our industry and has worked closely with Dave Opstad, Apple’s TrueType and Unicode Pioneer. Working in cooperation with Glyphs, he also ensures the quality of the app and supports the development of new features.
His reputation as a DIY king also proves that he can also do things by hand. He lives on a farm in Barnim and is passionate about growing vegetables, working with wood and jumping on his randonneur bike to cycle to the North Cape.