Gunnlaugur SE Briem
Three Futharks, the runic alphabet91.5x129 cm, Viking writings, digitally created calligraphy work based on handwritten script, 2009
The End of the World91.5x129 cm, Viking writings,digitally created calligraphy work based on handwritten script, 2009
Brush futharks91.5x129 cm, Viking writings , digitally created calligraphy work based on handwritten script, 2009
To PhoebeWilliam Schwenk Gilbert's sardonic poem.
Block letter writing, fashioned as a writing exercise with a defined baseline, midline and left margin. Lettering print, 42x59,4 cm, 2010
MachiavelliA quote from Niccolo Machiavelli in Italian and in English.
Casual italic text in black and light outline letters on rough paper. Lettering print, 42x59.4 cm, 2011
SpiralsOne of the texts is a lament from a poem by Jonas Hallgrimsson (1807—1845), the other — the traditional beginning of Icelandic fairy tales: "Once upon a time...".
Freely written with a broad-nib pen in italic and monoline italic, a handwriting model for schoolchildren. Lettering print, 42x59.4 cm, 2011
Gunnlaugur SE Briem is a designer and lives in California. His postgraduate studies in Copenhagen and London ended with a PhD from the Royal College of Art. He also passed, for good measure, an apprenticeship exam at a typography college in Reykjavik in 1989.
He took part in the introduction of cursive handwriting in his native Iceland, where his method and manuals have been used in classrooms for over twenty years. Some are on his website: briem.net. He is also a member of the advisory board of Visible Language, a research magazine. He also publishes free e-books on fonts and related subjects at: www.operina.com.
He designed several fonts for: The Economist, The Times, and for general licensing. He also lectured widely in Europe and America, and was Designer-in-Residence at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990.
He organized traveling exhibitions of lettering and calligraphy. For a time he ran a calligraphy gallery. He had several one-man shows of his own work, most recently at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and won a few awards.