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About Designer Jan Tomas

Jan Tomas was born in Prague in July 1976. In 1994 he graduated from the Václav Hollar Art College in Prague and then went on to the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design at the Department of Graphic Design and Poster Design studying under Professor Zděnek Ziegler. In 1998, he won second prize in the Osaka, Japan, for his design for the League of Historical Cities logo. In the same year he also received first prize for his posters for the new Mercedes Benz Class S advertising campaign. After graduating in 1999 he went to Berlin, where he studied visual communications at the University of the Arts under Professor Holger Matthies. He participated in group exhibitions at the DDD Gallery in Osaka in Japan 2000, and in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg in 2001. His first collection of typefaces was inspired by the latest technology and designed for 2D animation. In 1999, these typefaces were registered in the Linotype Library as Linotype ALPHABAT, Linotype ELEMENT, Linotype STARTEC and Linotype SILVER. After graduation he continued cooperating with Professor Holger Matthies, working for two years in a graphic design studio in Hamburg. In 2001, he founded his own STUDIO in Prague and his clientele consists of companies from around the world. STUDIO focuses on corporate identity and design, web design and motion design. In 2001, his poster Against Right-wing Violence won first prize in a poster competition organised by AGI. Jan Tomáš took part in the International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno in 2002 and 2004. In 2004, he won the Typographic Excellence prize awarded by the Type Directors Club in New York. From 2005 to 2007 he worked on creating new typefaces inspired by futuristic technologies – JTPART, JTINLINE, JTDIMENSION and JTDIGIMON. In 2011, he set up the Future Typo web - this is the first Internet portal for advanced typography, offering original typefaces including those for 3D animation. In this project, which consists of transferring original 2D typefaces into 3D animation, Jan Tomáš brought a new outlook on the future of typography. In 2014 he won the Typographic Excellence prize awarded by the Type Directors Club in New York for his printed publication “TYPEFACE DESIGN”. The same year, he participated in group exhibitions at the International Biennale of Graphic Design and a poster in Mexico and International Biennale of Graphic Design Moscow. In 2015 he won the Typographic Excellence prize awarded by the Type Directors Club in New York for his short animated film “FUTURE TYPO”.