Kontour is a creative studio with focus on type design. Founded by Sibylle Hagmann in 2000, the studio started out with a broad spectrum of projects in the area of graphic, typographic, and type design. Sibylle Hagmann began her career in Switzerland at the Basel School of Design and explored her passion for anything type related in California, while completing her MFA at CalArts. During this time she developed typefaces, most notably the award winning Cholla family, originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design, and released soon after by the type foundry Emigre in 1999. Cholla was among the winning entries of bukva:raz!, the type design competition of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) in 2001.
The typeface family Odile, first published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award in the same year. Sibylle Hagmann’s work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan. Over the years, she presented her work nationally and internationally at typography conferences and educational institutions with occasional workshops. She is a professor at the University of Houston’s School of Art since 2002.
The studio publishes original retail fonts for professional use developed by Sibylle Hagmann. Whenever time permits she indulges in the art of mostly analog typographic explorations.