Some people are just born with artistry flowing through their veins. Emil Bertell is one such fellow, a man whose love for art and typography began at a particularly early age. Emil has loved art and design since his early childhood and later attended a high school that was centered around the arts. While there, he found himself immersed in multimedia coursework and he gained a good deal of education and experience in graphic design.

While studying the field in high school, he took an interest in type design and took it upon himself to learn more about it. Adults so often think of teenagers as being lazy or misguided, but Emil was a young man on a mission. While many of his classmates immersed themselves in typical teenage undertakings, Emil studied and learned everything he could about typography. His efforts were rewarded when he released his very first type design at just 16 years old. One year later, he saw his work featured in the font anthology, “FreeFonts!: Designer Fonts Online” and it would be just the first in a long list of creative accolades he’d achieve as time went on.

Emil attended the University of Art and Design in Helsinki to gain more formal training in illustration and graphic design. Beyond his typography, Emil is an incredibly gifted illustrator, having work featured in advertisements, posters, magazines, festivals, and even in lettering for the opening credits of a television show. His background in art, illustration, and graphic design has given Emil a rock solid foundation for his career as a typographer since all of those skills come into play through his work.


Releasing products under the foundry label, Fenotype, Emil has been focused primarily on typography since 2012 and his passion for his career has only continued to flourish. One of his more recent releases through YouWorkForThem is Capital,  a superfamily of type designs that features both gothic and serif character sets. Both share the same base architecture and proportions for continuity, with each embracing its own serif or sans serif nature.

Emil wanted to craft a true workhorse font family and he really achieved that goal with Capital, a family of 32 fonts that offer designers a lot to work with. Capital Gothic and Capital Serif each offer seven weights including ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium Bold, ExtraBold, and Black, with corresponding italics for each.


Capital Gothic is a contemporary sans serif that’s a strong contender for projects of all kinds, working beautifully in headlines, editorials, advertising, displays, signage, product packaging, logos, corporate communications, letterhead, infographics, presentations, website designs, and mobile applications. Capital Serif carries itself with an undeniable elegance and sophistication, making it a great choice for publishing applications, editorials, news copy, and any design project that needs an expertly crafted serif type design. Both Capital Serif and Capital Gothic are well suited to identity and branding projects that require design cohesion across multiple media outputs.

Capital Gothic offers circle numerals and arrows. Gothic also offers titling alternates for its italics, replacing its true italic forms with simpler stroke endings. 


Capital offers a host of OpenType features that include capitals to small caps, case sensitive forms, fractions, ordinals, superscript, titling alternates, oldstyle figures, standard ligatures, small caps, and stylistic alternates for greater versatility. It extends multilingual support to Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, and Basic Cyrillic for fantastic international accessibility.

Emil Bertell currently offers 57 products through YouWorkForThem, a variety of type designs to suit projects of all kinds. Visit his portfolio to check out the rest of his work and if you love what you see, bookmark it so you won’t miss out on any of his upcoming releases!

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