2K/Denmark – 2018 CBA Unite
At UNITE 2018 I got the chance to talk with Klaus Krogh, owner of 2K/Denmark. They do four lines of work: type foundery, design, type-setting, and concept development. This is the company that designed the typefaces, layouts, or both, for some of the most popular Bibles on the market including the Schuyler Quentel series, Canterbury, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Comfort Print, the Holman CSB line, the Holman NKJV Reader’s Reference Bible, the Holman Large Print Personal Size NKJV, and many, many, others.
Klaus has been designing typefaces since he was 13. He takes us on the journey of how he became a designer and how he his wife Liv started 2K/Denmark. He also discusses how typefaces work and what makes a good typeface and a good layout, and how making them work (placing function first) makes them pretty. His goal is to make the best quality every time, and that shows in his work and in his passion for his work. Klaus sees Bible design and production as a calling. This is the guy you want designing Bibles.
He also tells us about a magazine they publish called 2K/Stories. It covers how we read and perceive, and how design (including the typeface and the page layout) influences that. You can see more about 2K/Stories at their website: stories.2kdenmark.com.
He discusses the different types of design concepts they’re working on, some of his favorite designs, how he approaches a Bible design, the constraints of Bible design, problems that we introduce with trends, etc. He also reveals a new typeface and provides a few secrets about designing a Bible layout.
We talked for another 30 minutes after the video where Klaus shows us lots of new products and concepts. I’ve added photos below. You can see the video interview at the bottom of the page.
For more information about 2K/Denmark, visit their website: 2kdenmark.com.
Original Art and a New Bible
Klaus revealed a new Bible on the way (I’ll be reviewing this one (thanks Klaus)). Some of the art-work in this photos is the original (not copies).
Colouring Book of Daniel
Here’s a coloring book that has the book of Daniel from the KJV on one side and line-drawing to color on the other.
Here are several concepts that Klaus shared with us.
Christ Chronological shows how the four Gospels fit together in chronological order. They’re set apart by using layout and color.
Creation Illustrated focuses on Creation.
The Catch Phrase Bible
Here’s a look at the Catch Phrase Bible.
The New Testament of Faith, Hope, & Love
Here’s a New Testament called Faith, Hope, & Love.