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[DIN 17 SB by Scangraphic]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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100 Beste Schriften aller Zeiten

German FontShop-sponsored site listing the hundred best fonts of all times, compiled by a jury in 2007. There is a lot of good information about each of the fonts mentioned. PDF file compiled by the jury: Stephen Coles, Jan Middendorp, Veronika Elsner, Roger Black, Ralf Herrmann, Claudia Guminski (FontShop) and Bernard Schmidt-Friderichs. Visualization of the list. The list:
  • (1) Helvetica
  • Garamond
  • Frutiger
  • Bodoni
  • Futura
  • Times
  • Akzidenz Grotesk
  • Officina
  • Gill Sans
  • Univers
  • (11) Optima
  • Franklin Gothic
  • Bembo
  • Interstate
  • Thesis
  • Rockwell
  • Walbaum
  • Meta
  • Trinité
  • DIN
  • (21) Matrix
  • OCR A und B
  • Avant Garde
  • Lucida
  • Sabon
  • Zapfino
  • Letter Gothic
  • Stone
  • Arnhem
  • Minion
  • (31) Myriad
  • Rotis
  • Eurostile
  • Scala
  • Syntax
  • Joanna
  • Fleischmann
  • Palatino
  • Baskerville
  • Fedra
  • (41) Gotham
  • Lexicon
  • Hands
  • Metro
  • Didot
  • Formata
  • Caslon
  • Cooper Black
  • Peignot
  • Bell Gothic
  • (51) Antique Olive
  • Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  • Info
  • Dax
  • Proforma
  • Today Sans
  • Prokyon
  • Trade Gothic
  • Swift
  • Copperplate Gothic
  • (61) Blur
  • Base
  • Bell Centennial
  • News Gothic
  • Avenir
  • Bernhard Modern
  • Amplitude
  • Trixie
  • Quadraat
  • Neutraface
  • (71) Nobel
  • Industria, Insignia, Arcadia
  • Bickham Script
  • Bank Gothic
  • Corporate ASE
  • Fago
  • Trajan
  • Kabel
  • House Gothic 23
  • Kosmik
  • (81) Caecilia
  • Mrs Eaves
  • Corpid
  • Miller
  • Souvenir
  • Instant Types
  • Clarendon
  • Triplex
  • Benguiat
  • Zapf Renaissance
  • (91) Filosofia
  • Chalet
  • Quay Sans
  • Cézanne
  • Reporter
  • Legacy
  • Agenda
  • Bello
  • Dalliance
  • Mistral
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A2 Type
[Henrik Kubel]

A2-Type (or simply, A2) is a type foundry set up in the autumn of 2010 by the London based design studio A2/SW/HK. The designers are Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams. A2's bespoke type design is mainly the responsibility of Henrik Kubel, though every typeface is developed and approved by both partners. Kubel is self-taught, making his first typefaces while studying at Denmark's Design School from 1992-97. Their typefaces:

Custom type by them include a masthead for Toronto Life (2010), a custom face for Weekendavisen (2007-2010), Design Museum London (2010), Faber&Faber (2009-2010), Afterall Publishing (2006-2010), Faulkner Browns Architects (2007), Penguin Press (2005), and Norrebro Bryghus (2005).

At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, he speaks about New Transport.

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Adrián Fernández

Spanish graphic designer who made DIN Stencil (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Talbot
[Talbot Type]

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Akira Kobayashi

Born in 1960 in Niigata, Japan. Studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. He also studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing. He became a freelance designer in 1997. Akira Kobayashi, who was based in Tokyo prior to his move to the Franfurt area, is an accomplished type designer who has created numerous typefaces for Sha-Ken, Dainippon Screen (where he made the kanji font Hiragino Mincho), TypeBank (from 1993-1997), ITC and Linotype, where he is Type Director since 2001. Interview. His numerous awards include the Type Directors Club awards in 1998 (ITC Woodland), 1999 (the art deco styled ITC Silvermoon, and ITC Japanese Garden), and 2000 (FF Clifford), the 1999 Kyrillitsa award for ITC Japanese Garden, the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library (for the informal and quirky 4-style Linotype Conrad (1999): Linotype states that Kobayashi took his inspiration from a print typeface of the 15th century created by two German printers named Konrad Sweynheim and Arnold Pannartz), and the 5th Morisawa International Typeface Competition (in which he received an Honourable Mention for his typeface Socia Oldstyle). CV at bukvaraz. Interview in 2006. His typefaces:

  • Helvetica Neue eText Pro (2013).
  • Dainippon Screen: the kanji font Hiragino Mincho.
  • ITC: ITC Scarborough (1998), ITC Luna, ITC Silvermoon, ITC Japanese Garden, ITC Seven Treasures (1998), ITC Magnifico Daytime and Nighttime (1999), ITC Vineyard (1999), ITC Woodland Demi (1997).
  • Adobe: Calcite Pro (sans-serif italic at Adobe, in OpenType format).
  • Linotype: Akko Sans and Akko Rounded (2011; Akko Rounded is situated between DIN and Cooper Black, while Akko Sans is an elliptical organic sans related to both DIN and Neue Helvetica), Eurostile Next (2008, after Aldo Novarese's original), Eurostile Candy and Eurostile Unicase, Cosmiqua (2007, a lively didone serif family based on 19th century English advertising types, and in particular Miller&Richard's Caledonian Italic), Metro Office (2006, a severe sans after a family of Dwiggins from the 20s), Neuzeit Office (2006, modeled after the original sans serif family Neuzeit S, which was produced by D. Stempel AG and the Linotypes design studio in 1966. Neuzeit S itself was a redesign of D. Stempel AG's DIN Neuzeit, created by Wilhelm Pischner between 1928 and 1939), DIN Next (2009, based on the classic DIN 1451), Times Europa Office (2006, modeled after the original serif family produced by Walter Tracy and the Linotypes design studio in 1974. A redesign of the classic Times New Roman typeface, Times Europa was created as its replacement for the Times of London newspaper. In contrast to Times New Roman, Times Europa has sturdier characters and more open counter spaces, which help maintain readability in rougher printing conditions. Times Europa drastically improved on the legibility of the bold and italic styles of Times New Roman.), Trump Mediaeval Office (2006), Linotype Conrad (1999), Optima Nova (2003, a new version of Optima that includes 40 weights, half of them italic), Linotype Avenir Next (2003, 48 weights developed with its original creator, Adrian Frutiger, and to be used also by the city of Amsterdam from 2003 onwards), Avenir Next Rounded (2012, in conjunction with Sandra Winter), Zapfino Extra, Palatino Sans and Palation Sans Informal (2006, with Hermann Zapf; won an award at TDC2 2007). Frutiger Serif (2008) is based on Frutiger's Meridien and the Frutiger (sans) family. Diotima Classic (2008, with Gudrun Zapf von Hesse) revives Gudrun's Diotima from 1951. In 2008-2009, Akira Kobayashi unified and extended Trade Gothic to Trade Gothic Next (17 styles). Neue Frutiger (2009, with Adrian Frutiger) has twice as many weights as the orifinal Frutiger family. Later in 2009, the extensive DIN Next Pro, codesigned with Sandra Winter, saw the light. I assume that this was mainly done so as to meet the competition of FontShop's FF DIN (by Albert-Jan Pool).
  • Fontshop: Acanthus (2000, large Fontfont family), Clifford (gorgeous text face!). In 2009, he and Hermann Zapf cooperated on Virtuosa Classic, a calligraphic script that updates and revives Zapf's own 1952-1953 creation, Virtuosa.
  • Typebox: TX Lithium (2001, The Typebox).
  • Oddities: Skid Row (1990), Socia Oldstyle.
  • Suntory corporate types (2003-2005), developed with the help of Matthew Carter and Linotype from Linotype originals: Suntory Syntax, Suntory Sabon, Suntory Gothic, Suntory Mincho.
At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he ran a Linotype student type design workshop.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Rounded sans in Japan.

View Akiro Kobayashi's typefaces.

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Eurostile Next review. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Albert-Jan Pool
[FF DIN]

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Albert-Jan Pool

Dutch writer and designer, b. 1960, Amsterdam, who currently lives in Hamburg. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. From 1987 until 1991 he was the type director at Scangraphic, and from 1991-1994, he was the type manager at URW in Hamburg, at which time he completed URW Imperial, URW Linear, and URW Mauritius.

In 1994 he started his own studio Dutch Design in Hamburg, and finally he co-founded FarbTon Konzept+Design with Jörn Iken, Birgit Hartmann and Klaus-Peter Staudinger, a professor at the University of Weimar, but Pool, Iken anf Hartmann left FarbTon in 2005. Their corporate partners were DTL (Frank Blokland), URW++ (mainly for hinting), and Fontshop International. They also got freelance help from Nicolay Gogol and Gisela Will. Up until today, FarbTon has made about ten corporate types. He has worked at URW++ as a freelancer, contributing text and classification expertise to the book URW++ FontCollection.

He has been teaching typeface design at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel between 1995 and 1998 and has taken up that job again in 2005.

Fonts done by Pool include FF DIN (DIN-Mittelschrift is used on German highway signs, 1995; image, another image: for more images, see FF DIN Round at issuu.com), FF DIN Round (2010; +Cyrillic; in use; sample), FF DIN Web (2010), Jet Set Sans (for JET/Conoco gas stations), DTL Hein Gas (for Hamburger Gaswerke GmbH), Regenbogen Bold (for a radical left party in Hamburg, a roughened version of Letter Gothic), and Syndicate Sans (2012, for Syndicate Design). He also made FF OCR-F.

Together with type-consultant Stefan Rugener of AdFinder GmbH and copywriter Ursula Packhauser he wrote and designed a book on the effects of type on brand image entitled Branding with Type (Adobe Press). An expert on DIN typefaces, he spoke about DIN 16 and DIN 1451 at ATypI 2007 in Brighton, and wrote an article entitled FF DIN, the history of a contemporary typeface in the book Made with FontFont. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Legibility according to DIN 1450.

Pic.

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Alexandra Kociak

Bydgoszcz, Poland-based graphic designer who created bubbly initials for DIN Neuzeit Grotesk Light in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alvaro Thomáz Oliveira

Ipatinga, Minas Gerais-based (or Santa Barbara-based) designer of these typefaces in 2011: Gogating Book (a Helvetica-like face), Mytupi, Pirates Writers, Chapenettoer 8 Thin, a large x-height and large-bowl minimalist sans face. This was followed by the bold caps sans face Laranja Pro and Laranjha Pro Fraco, Aovel Cool (geometric monoline sans), Aovel Sans Rounded, Aovel Sans Light, Aovel Neo (based on Avant Garde), Yagora (humanistic sans), Salika, Sheep Sans (2011), Mariana Family, Extrememame, Timo Roman, AvantFox (based on Avant Garde), Brasil (based on ITC Lubalin), Hasteristico (monoline geometric face based on Avant Garde), Amiju Book, DMF Arreia Black (fatted up Helvetica), DMF Cantell, DMF Handwriter, DMF Handatme, BDP Sergipe, BDP Fox, BDP Clien, BDP Up, and BDP Gelly.

Typefaces made in 2012: Flex Display (a free thin sans), Meva (geometric sans), Duase Light (a thin rounded avant-garde geometric sans), Tenue Sans (a distinguished sans---tuxedo required), Cridigo Sans, Cogga (a display sans face), Homizio (a free 6-style geometric sans family), Aliquam, Regencie, Blouding (from blood samples?), Quinfo (avant garde family), Frugal Sans, Agnele Modern (a didone titling face), Salutino, Bondoluo (geometric avant-garde sans, +Light, +Display), Duase (rounded monoline sans).

Typefaces from 2013: Panjo (humanist titling sans inspired by Eric Gill), Grieff (a DIN-like sans), Burne (a geometric all caps sans with elements of Futura and Avant Garde), Suicca (hairline sans), Datidi (custom slab face).

Typefaces from 2014: Homizio Nova (sans), Amper.

Home page. Fontspace link, where he is known as authimie. Another Fontspace link. About me page. Behance link. Another Behance link. About Me link. Dafont link. Aka Alvaro Ovelha. Creative Market link. . [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andreas Carlsson
[NoFont]

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Andy Budd

Managing Director of Clearleft in Brighton, UK. He has a blog, where people were prompted for the names of type families, if they could only buy six of them. Continued here and here. The totals are tallied for you:

  • Akzidenz Grotesk (2 votes): Akzidenz Grotesk is the classic alternative to its dowdy and overused relation, Helvetica. If you ever feel the need to use Helvetica, resist the urge and try Akzidenz instead.
  • Avenir or Avenir Next (2 votes): Futura is a wonderful typeface, although is can feel slightly sterile at times. Adrian Frutiger set about humanizing Futura and created Avenir in 1988. Avenir is a beautiful typeface but is restricted to just 12 weights. In 2004 the typeface was completely revised and Avenir Next was released with a stunning 96 weights. If you are looking for a modern sans, you need look no further.
  • Neutraface (2 votes): Designed by Christian Schwartz for House Industries, Neutraface captures the 1950s stylings of architect Richard Neutra in a beautiful typeface meant for application on the screen, in print, and in metalwork. If you are ever in need of a classy retro face, they don't get any more polished than this. [...] Tired of Futura and Gill Sans? Neutraface is a beautiful art-deco alternative. Modern yet retro, this typeface comes with loads of ligatures and 7 beautiful figure styles. If this typeface was a drink it would be a Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred.
  • Engravers Gothic: For a period of about two years, I attempted to inject this font into every single project I worked on. Even if I couldn't fit it into the main scene, I screened it back somewhere in the distance just to feel better about myself. For a brief time, I was actually creating design projects for the sole purpose of using Engravers Gothic in them. It was at this point that I sought professional help.
  • Myriad: Its quite simply the most readable sans-serif typeface ever invented for print at least. On the web, that'd be Lucida Grande, but thanks to Apple, I don't really have to buy that now, do I?
  • Meta: Like a good mullet, this typeface has something for everyone. Its clean lines make it ideal for logotype, headings, and other professional applications, but its curvy flourishes keep it from looking sterile or uptight.
  • Agency: Originally designed in 1932, and then expanded to multiple weights and widths in the 1990s by David Berlow, this typeface can be made to look futuristic or retro. Im partial to flexible faces, and Agency is second-to-none in this regard. Use it for old movie posters. Use it for your pathetic Star Trek Convention flyers. Agency feels at home in any environment.
  • Palatino: Also abused in both web and print work, Palatino is undeniably versatile and (imho) a much better option overall than Times.
  • Proxima Nova: I am counting down the minutes until this typeface is available. No joke.
  • Dynasty Light: Someone please give me an excuse to use this in my next project. I take that back: no excuse needed.
  • Trajan Pro: I am a sucker for classic Roman letterforms, and it doesn't get much better than Trajan.
  • Warnock Pro Light Italic: I stumbled across this gorgeous typeface just recently, and its one of the hottest italics I have had the pleasure of using in recent months.
  • Frutiger: Originally designed for the signage at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, Frutiger is a beautifully fluid and legible typeface. Without doubt the most influential typeface in the past 30 tears, Frutiger has been the inspiration for many amazing fonts including the excellent Myriad Pro.
  • DIN Schriften: DIN stands for Deutsche Industrie-Norm, the German industrial standard. Originally used for German road signage, this typeface was the darling of 90s graphic designers, and like FF Meta, is starting to make a comeback. With its wide open letter forms DIN is am extremely clear and legible typeface, great at any size.
  • Mrs Eaves: If I had to choose one serif typeface it would be Mrs Eaves. Named after John Baskervilles wife, this stylised version of Baskerville is loved by graphic designers around the world. Mrs Eaves is a modern serif that retains an air of antiquated dignity. Playful without being too scripty, its a fully featured typeface with a beautiful collection of ligatures.
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Anton Koovit
[Fatype]

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Aparat
[Domen Fras]

Aparat is Domen Fras's commercial foundry in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His largely experimental work:

  • Brutildo (2006): squarish headline lettering.
  • Butalci (1998, a pixel font) is a part of Domen's diploma project at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, supervised by Janez Suhadolc.
  • Gyro (1998-2001) is an octagonal monospace font with 3 weights.
  • Exlibris (2001-2003) is an experimental face.
  • Pozor (1999) is a squarish sans, as for traffic signage.
  • Terragni (1998) is an alphabet study based on the floor plan composition analysis of the house 'Casa del Fascio' in Como by the architecta Giuseppe Terragni.
  • DinoUnicase (1997) is a variation on DIN Mittelschrift.
  • Narod (2003) was made for designing commemorative coins at 60th anniversary of Kocevje Summit.
  • JH Luzern (1999) is based on a scan of a hotel room card.
  • Pesjan Debu (2011) is a fat angular poster face created during TipoBrda 2011.
  • Narod Krepak (2010) is an art deco sans titling face created during TipoBrda 2010000000
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Authentic
[Julius Wiescher]

German foundry, est. 2009 by Julius Wiescher (b. 1991), who is the youngest son of famous type designer Gert Wiescher. His font Thin Pen (2009) is based on an ancestor of the German DIN-Schrift. The font was traced with a plastic template on transparent paper, scanned and worked over carefully to keep the handmade, authentic touch. Other fonts by him: DonJulio and Donna Julia (2008, Autographis, calligraphic script fonts made with Gert), Flatpen (2008, Autographis, with Gert), Norm Pen (2011, based on an ancestor of DIN Schrift), Bold Pen (2011, bold version of Norm Pen), Groucho (2011, a high-contrast flowing script), Authentic (2011, a connected copperplate script), Oldhand (2011, shaky handwriting), Holz Caps (2011, an irregular wood type simulation face), Poing (2011, a flowing calligraphic script), Cri Cri (2011, slab serif comic book face).

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Baureihe 217

In truetype format: DIN-1451-Engschrift, DIN-1451-Mittelschrift-Alt, DIN-1451-Mittelschrift-DB, DIN-1451-Mittelschrift. These fonts were used in the old days on German cars for license plates, as well as on German trains. Page on train lettering by Thomas Sachs from Mühldorf. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Varin

French type designer who created these faces in 2011: Al-kimiya Font (typewriter style with fun variations), Le Méliès SOFT, Le Méliès (sans), Dinette Ultra (rounded and fat), Dinette (based on DIN), Archipel (thin slab face).

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Botio Nikoltchev
[Lettersoup]

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Braille DIN
[Jochen Evertz]

Braille DIN (2005, Fontshop) is due to Jochen Evertz. It follows the DIN specs 32980 and the packing standards of the German pharmaceutical industry. The price (159 Euros) is outrageous for a bunch of dots. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brass Fonts
[Guido Schneider]

Cologne-based group of type designers, founded in 1996: Guido Schneider, Hartmut Schaarschmidt, Martin Bauermeister, René Tillmann, Rolf Zaremba. There are many original free fonts here: Amnesia (René Tillmann; now also sold by URW), Anorexia (G. Schneider, 1996), Battery, Battery Seriph, Battery Leak (Tuschemann, 1996), Matula (G. Schneider, 1997), Nobody (G. Schneider), Paul D (Guido Schneider, 1996), Sanctus, SubZero (Guido Schneider, 1996), SynkopSemi, Veto, Visitor (R. Zaremba, 1996), BiaBia (very avant-garde, G. Schneider, 1996), Corpa Gothic (sold by URW++), Cuba (G. Schneider, 1997), Hone (Piano Dog, 1996), Saw, SoloSans (G. Schneider, 1996), Souper, Styptic, Fluxgold (slabserif, G. Schneider 1999), Rotwang (G. Schneider 1998), Styptic (Tuschemann, 1995), Stoneman (Tuschemann, 1998), Jaruselsky (1997, G. Schneider). Well, that is, these fonts have just the basic alphabet and all numbers 3 and 6 have been removed. The full versions are ultra-expensive, at about 110DM per weight (typically, 4 weights per font). More fonts: Temptice (dingbat by A. Groborsch/G. Schneider 98/99, 80DM), Tara (G. Schneider, 1998, 240DM), Corpa Serif (G. Schneider 1998), Fiona Serif, Slab and Script family (2003, G. Schneider). URW markets these fonts: BF Anorexia, BF Corpa Gothic, BF Corpa Serif, BF Cuba, BF Fluxgold, BF Invicta, BF Jaruselsky, BF Matula, BF Nobody, BF Paul'D, BF Rotwang, BF Solo Sans, BF Stoneman, BF Stypic, BF SubZero, BF Tara.

Custom fonts by Schneider: Girato (Giraffentoast), Fiona (MDR - Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk), Sion Script (Sion Brauerei), Supralux (Super RTL). He is working on Veltro Pro (a script) and Breite Kanzlei (blackletter).

MyFonts sells BF Anorexia (a grunge face by Schneider), BF Corpa Gothic (a DIN-like family done in 1997 by Schneider), BF Corpa Serif (1997, a slab serif family by Schneider), BF Cuba (a pixel face by Schneider), Fiona Script (2006, connected), Fiona Serif, BF Fiona Slab (2006, Guido Schneider), BF Fluxgold (1998, Schneider), BF Invicta (2006, a roman inscriptional family by Schneider), BF Jaruselsky (1997, Guido Schneider), BF Matula (1996, an organic face by Guido Schneider), BF Nobody (1995, a roman face by Schneider with pointy experimental serifs), BF Paul D (a grunge blackletter face by Schneider), BF Rotwang (1997, a roman face by Schneider0, BF Solo Sans (1995, Schneider's grotesk family), BF Stoneman (1997, a decorative poster face by Schneider), BF Styptic (a grunge paperclip face by Schneider), BF Sub Zero (experimental, by Schneider), BF Tara (1999, a humanist sans family by Schneider), BF Girando Pro (a garalde made by Guido Schneider in 2010).

Klingspor link.

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Brownfox
[Gayaneh Bagdasaryan]

Brownfox is independent type foundry based in Moscow, and managed by Gayaneh Bagdasaryan. They specialize in the design and production of Latin and Cyrillic fonts for print and for screen. They are the organizers of the first Russian international type conference Serebro Nabora. Their first typefaces in 2012, all posted at Google Web Fonts, include Simonetta (readable angular typeface: see here), Sevillana (curly upright script by Olga Umpeleva), Geometria (a geometric sans by Vyacheslav Kirilenko and Gayaneh Bagdasaryan), and Henny Penny (a playful decorative typeface, also by Olga Umpeleva).

In 2013, we also find Super Disco (an art disco layered typeface family by Gayaneh Bagdasaryan). Institut (2013) is an industrial-strength sans face designed by Vyacheslav Kirilenko with participation of Gayaneh Bagdasaryan.

In 2013-2014, Gayaneh Bagdasaryan and Dmitry Rastvortsev created the Latin / Cyrillic sans typeface family Brutal Type (Brownfox) that is genetically linked to DIN.

Typefaces from 2014: Formular (by Vyacheslav Kirilenko and Gayaneh Bagdasaryan: a Swiss sans family for Latin and Cyrillic), Activist (a minimalist all caps typeface commissioned by the Anticorruption Foundation).

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Bruno Franco

Graphic designer and photographer in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. Based on DIN 1451, he created Geometrische in 2010. Flickr page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Büro Dunst
[Christoph Dunst]

Christoph Dunst is a graphic and type designer living and working in Berlin, Germany. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag, The Netherlands, where he graduated with a degree in graphic and typographic design and a masters in type design. In 2006 he founded the design studio Büro Dunst in Den Haag, which he moved in 2009 to Berlin, lock, stock and barrel. In 2012, he set up Atlas Font Foundry.

Designer of the text family Novel, which won an award at TDC2 2009. He calls his Novel Sans Pro (2011) a new humanist grotesque face---a contradictio in terminis. In 2011, he added Novel Mono Pro, a monospaced grotesk family, and Novel Sans Condensed Pro, a great family for information design. In 2012, Novel Sans Rounded Pro followed.

Other faces: Heimat Sans (2010, a monoline sans family), FF DIN Round (2010), Heungkuk Sans (the corporate typeface of the Heungkuk Finance Group, Seoul, South Korea).

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Cameron Roll
[Typefaces no one gets fired for using]

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Carsten Strinkau

German designer at URW++ of FontForum CSPaket, CSCourtHandD (medieval calligraphy based on the handwriting of monks in the 16th century), CSFuzzyLogD and CSTakahashiD (oriental simulation, a hommage to the Japanese Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and his character/figure Takashi from the Akira-Manga). Student in the Kunstschule Wandsbek in Hamburg. His fonts are sold under the name CS Fonts, and through URW++, and through MyFonts.com. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Carsten Waldeck

German designer of the 300-strong Deen pixel font family (2006). Deen is a contraction of DIN and screen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CAT Design Wolgast
[Peter Wiegel]

Wolgast-based type designer Peter Wiegel (b. 1955) runs CAT Design Wolgast. Designer of these free fonts:

  • In 2014: Incopins Clusters (multilined typeface).
  • In 2013: Spartakus (+Round), Cut Me Out (white on black sans), 5by9 (dot matrix face), Tartlers End (high-contrast ball terminal face), Alpha 54 (rounded flared script face), Chunk Five Ex (slab serif; he writes: With permission of Meredith Mandel, the original author of the ASCII-Font Chunk Five, I have extended Chunk Five Ex to a full featured unicode font with all figures used in Latin and Cyrillic writing), Simple Print (simple sans), Fette Bauersche Antiqua (a didone fat face), Manuskript Gothisch (after Manuskript Gotisch (1899, Bauersche), which was modeled after Wolfgang Hopyl's 1514 Textura), Quast (hairy font).
  • Still in 2013, he published a number of school scripts, including Neue Rudelskopf, Deutsche Normalschrift, Imrans School, Rastenburg (German school font), and Bienchen.
  • In 2012: Hardman (connected fifties script), Immermann (a quaint slab serif), Quast (grunge), Fundamental Brigade (sans family), DiffiKult (a bilined face), Men Nefer (a Memphis lookalike), Fette Unz Fraktur (like Fette Fraktur), Mutter Krause (for the reconstruction of the 1929 silent movie "Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück", where it is used for intertitles, that where missing. The font is redrawn from the original intertitles), Youbilee (a font with laurels).
  • In 2010: Alfabilder (dingbats), Gondrin (athletic lettering with a 3d effect), HelvetiaVerbundene (making Helverica into a school script?), Proletarsk (a grotesk face), Vis-à-vis (great idea--a double-storied serif face), ApolloASM (Victorian), BertholdrMainzerFraktur, Doergon-Regular (license plate font), DoergonBackshift, DoergonShift, Eureka (Victorian, ornamental face), GoeschenFraktur (1880-style Fraktur used in Sammlung Göschen books), Makushka, MakushkaKontura, MakushkaQuadriga, MakushkaSecunda, Moderne3DSchwabacher, ModerneGekippteSchwabacher, StrassburgFraktur, TGL0-16 (same as DIN 16), TGL0-17 (same as DIN 17), TGL0-17Alt, Tank (emblems of gas companies), EricaType-Bold, EricaType-BoldItalic, EricaType-Italic, EricaType-Regular (typewriter), ErikaOrmig, Fibel Vienna (2012, a high-legged sans), GreifswalderTengwar-Regular, GreifswalerDeutscheSchrift (German Schreibschrift), Midroba-Regular (a strong mechanical octagonal face), MidrobaSchatten, MMX2010 (futuristic), Präsent60, Rotunda Pommerania (blackletter), TengwarOptime, TengwarOptimeDiagon, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe.
  • In 2009: 18thCenturyInitials, 18thCenturyKurrent-Regular, 18thCenturyKurrentAlternates, German writing from the 18th century), CentreClaws, CentreClawsBeam1, CentreClawsSlant, Cöntgen Kanzley Regular (blackletter), Cöntgen Kanzley Aufrecht (2009), ElficCaslin, H1N1, Loxembourg1910Shadow (an art nouveau-influenced stencil face), Luxembourg1910, VarietScala (an art deco sans family), Varietee, VarieteeArtist, VarieteeCabaret, VarieteeCascadeur, VarieteeCasino, VarieteeCirque, VarieteeColege, VarieteeConferencier, VarieteeFolies, VarieteeIkarier, VarieteeJongleur, VarieteeMirage, VarieteeRevue, VarieteeTheatre, KochFetteDeutscheSchrift (blackletter), MoradoFelt-Regular (upright connected script), MoradoMarker (2009), MoradoNib, PreussischeVI9 (DIN-like family), PreussischeVI9Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten-Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten, SchatternvonPreussischeVI9, Stage (art deco), Ring Matrix (dot matrix), Nathan, Amptmann Script (2009, upright connected script), Cat Shop, Blankenburg (blackletter), Murrx (arched face), Schwaben Alt (1988, bastarda), Vrango, 14LED (Regular, Phattt-Heavy, Rised-Black), 24LED (+Bright, +Grid, +Modul), DIN1451fetteBreitschrift1936-Regular, FibelNord (basic sans family with an architectural twist), FibelSued (family), PaneuropaBankette, PaneuropaCrashbarrier-Black, PaneuropaFreeway, PaneuropaHighway, PaneuropaRoad, PaneuropaStreet, PaneuropaWrongWay, Quirkus (family), RingMatrix (dot matrix family), RingMatrix3D, RingMatrixTwo, DiscipuliBritannica (connected script), GruenewaldVA-Regular (connected school script), Rudelskopfdeutsch-Aufrecht, WiegelLatein (connected school script), WiegelLateinMedium (2009), Morado, Moebius Bicolor (art deco), Elbaris (sans), ElbarisOutline, Nomitais (multiline face), RostockKaligraph, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WiegelKurrent (traditional German school script), WiegelKurrentMedium, XAyax, XAyaxOutline (2009), Kaufhalle (squarish), Quimbie (art deco), CasaSans-Regular, Elb-Tunnel, MeyneTextur (blackletter), Yiggivoo, TGL 31034-1 (futuristic sans), Beroga (a simple organic sans).
  • Before 2009: Xayax, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3 (2006, a severe sans), Utusi Star (1989, very condensed all-caps face), Avocado (2006, script face), CbeNormal (2006, script face), Leipzig Fraktur (+Bold) (2006), Berlin Email (2006, a condensed sans family, followed in 2009 by Berlin Email Serif), MaassslicerItalic (2006, a futuristic face made for Rudolf Maass + Partner GmbH), Powerweld (a gorgeous avant-garde face made for OPTI Pumpen und Technik GmbH), WolgastScript (2005), WolgastTwo (2006, connected script), WolgastTwoBold, ZeichenDreihundert-Regular, ZeichenHundert-Regular, ZeichenVierhundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundert-Regular (2006, traffic dingbats), Djerba simplified (Arabic font, Computer and Technologie, Hamburg, 1995; it can be downloaded here), Titus FrakturBaltic (1998), TITUS FrakturEast Normal (1998), and TITUS FrakturWest Normal (1998) [which used to be downloadable here; these fonts were retired and the Titus name dropped; most of the glyphs made it to Schwaben Alt].

Dafont link. One more URL. Fontspace link. Yet another URL. Font Squirrel link. Fontsy link.

The list of his truetype and opentype faces as of 2011: 18thCenturyInitials, 18thCenturyKurrentStart, 18thCenturyKurrentText, Alfabilder, AlteDIN1451Mittelschrift, AlteDIN1451Mittelschriftgepraegt, AmptmannScript, ApolloASM, Avocado, Barnroof, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, BerogaFettig-Bold, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A, BertholdrMainzerFraktur, Blankenburg-Regular, BlankenburgUNZ1A-Italic, BlankenburgUNZ1A, CasaSans-Regular, CasaSans, CasaSansFettig-Bold, CatShop, CentreClaws, CentreClawsBeam1, CentreClawsSlant, ChunkFiveEx, CntgenKanzley-Regular, CntgenKanzleyAufrecht, DIN1451fetteBreitschrift1936-Regular, DiscipuliBritannica, DiscipuliBritannicaBold, Doergon-Regular, DoergonBackshift, DoergonShift, DoergonWave-Regular, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Elbaris, ElbarisOutline, ElficCaslin, EricaType-Bold, EricaType-BoldItalic, EricaType-Italic, EricaType-Regular, ErikaOrmig, Eureka, FibelNord-Bold, FibelNord-BoldItalic, FibelNord-Italic, FibelNord, FibelNordKontur, FibelSued-Bold, FibelSued-BoldItalic, FibelSued-Italic, FibelSued, FibelSuedKontur, GoeschenFraktur, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A, Gondrin, GreifswalderTengwar-Regular, GreifswalerDeutscheSchrift, GruenewaldVA-Regular, GruenewaldVA1.Klasse, GruenewaldVA3.Klasse, H1N1, HelvetiaVerbundene, KochFetteDeutscheSchrift, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A-Italic, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A, LeipzigFrakturBold, LeipzigFrakturHeavy-ExtraBold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Bold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Normal, LeipzigFrakturNormal, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Bold, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-BoldItalic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A, Luxembourg1910, Luxembourg1910Contur, Luxembourg1910Ombre, MMX2010-Regular, Maassslicer3D, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, MaassslicerItalic, Makushka, MakushkaKontura, MakushkaQuadriga, MakushkaSecunda, MeyneTextur, MeyneTexturUNZ1A-Italic, MeyneTexturUNZ1A, Midroba-Regular, MidrobaSchatten, Moderne3DSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A-Italic, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A, ModerneGekippteSchwabacher, MoradoFelt-Regular, MoradoMarker, MoradoNib, MoradoSharp-Regular, Murrx, Nathan-CondensedRegular, Nathan-ExpandedRegular, Nathan-Semi-expandedRegular, Nathan, NathanAlternates-CondensedRegular, NathanAlternates-ExpandedRegular, NathanAlternates-Semi-expandedRegular, NathanAlternates, Nomitais, Nomitais, Numikki, Numukki-Italic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeVI9, PreussischeVI9Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten-Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten, Proletarsk, Prsent60, Quimbie, Quimbie3D, QuimbieShaddow, QuimbieUH, Quirkus-Bold, Quirkus-BoldItalic, Quirkus-Italic, Quirkus, QuirkusOut, QuirkusUpsideDown, RostockKaligraph, RotundaPommerania, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A-Italic, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A, Rudelskopfdeutsch-Aufrecht, SchatternvonPreussischeVI9, Schulfibel-Nord-Linie-2, SchwabenAlt-Bold, SchwabenAltUNZ1A-Italic, SchwabenAltUNZ1A, Stage, StrassburgFraktur-Regular, TGL0-16, TGL0-17, TGL0-17Alt, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, TGL31034-2, Tank, TengwarOptime, TengwarOptimeDiagon, TitilliumMaps29L-1wt, TitilliumMaps29L-400wt, TitilliumMaps29L-800wt, TitilliumMaps29L-999wt, TitilliumText22L-1wt, TitilliumText22L-250wt, TitilliumText22L-400wt, TitilliumText22L-600wt, TitilliumText22L-800wt, TitilliumText22L-999wt, TitilliumTitle20, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, VarietScala, Varietee, VarieteeArtist, VarieteeCabaret, VarieteeCascadeur, VarieteeCasino, VarieteeCirque, VarieteeColege, VarieteeConferencier, VarieteeFolies, VarieteeIkarier, VarieteeJongleur, VarieteeMirage, VarieteeRevue, VarieteeTheatre, Via-A-Vis, Vrng, Waschkueche, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelLatein, WiegelLateinMedium, WolgastScript, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, WolgastTwoBold, XAyax, XAyax, XAyaxOutline, XAyaxOutline, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, YiggivooUnicode3D, ZeichenDreihundert-Regular, ZeichenDreihundertAlt, ZeichenHundert-Regular, ZeichenHundertAlt, ZeichenVierhundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundertAlt, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech, kaufhalleblech, moebius.

His type 1 fonts as of 2011: Avocado, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, CasaSans, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, Quimbie, QuimbieUH, RostockKaligraph, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech.

A list of typefaces in alphabetical order, with descriptive comments provided by Reynir Heidberg Stefansson from Iceland: 18th Century Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting, Wiegel-coded), Alfabilder (Alphabetic picture font for the German alphabet), Amptmann Script (Partly-connected, upright writing, used on Prussian Railways pattern drawings), ApolloASM (Jugendstil, vaguely resembling an ornate Bocklin), Avocado (Handwriting, broad-nib pen-style), Berlin Email (Narrow sans-serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Berlin Email Serif (Narrow serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Beroga (All-minuscule, rounded marker-style sans-serif with ca. 8° slope), Berthold Mainzer Fraktur (Fraktur in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Blankenburg (Semicondensed Tannenberg in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Casa Sans (Squarish, broad-nib pen-style block writing), CatShop (Serif, soft of an acid-washed didone), cbe Normal (Sans-serif, narrow, somewhat cuneiform), Centre Claws (Sans-serif, Art Deco display, a bit like Broadway), Cöntgen Kanzlei (Cöntgen Kanzley) (Fraktur-based calligraphy by Heinrich Hugo Cöntgen, Wiegel coding), DiffiKult (Sans-serif, display, no horizontal lines), DIN 1451 fette Breitschrift 1936 (The now-withdrawn Wide version of DIN 1451 traffic font), Discipuli Britannica (UK school handwriting), Doergon (Slab-serif, narrow-ish, all majuscule), Elabris (Elbaris) (Sans-serif, caps/smallcaps, shades of DIN1451 Engschrift), Elb-Tunnel (Sans-serif, based on signage in the old Elbe tunnel in Hamburg), Elbic Caslon (Elfic Caslon, Elfic Caslin) (a Caslon for the Queen Galadriel), Erika Type (Erica Type) (Slab-serif, typewriter, comes from Wiegel's old Erika typewriter), Eureka (Serif, caps/smallcaps, Art Deco/Jugendstil), Fibel Nord (Sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Süd (Fibel Sued) (Sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Vienna (Sans-serif, based on Austrian school primer), Fundamental Brigade (Sans-serif, geometric, some UNZ1 ligatures), Göschen Fraktur (Goeschen Fraktur) (Fraktur with a biblical feel, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Gondrini (Gondrin) (Sans-serif, geometric, display, shaded outlines, cookie-cutter), Greifswalder Deutsche Schrift (Handwriting, based on Rudolf Koch's Offenbacher Kurrent, Wiegel coding), Greifswalder Tengwar (Tengwar handwriting in Offenbach style), Gruenewald VA (Latin-style schoolhand, Wiegel coding), H1N1 (Heavy display face made of parallel wavetrains), Hardman (Heavy, wide, squarish logotype with connecting letters), Helvetia Verbundene (Swiss handwriting), Immermann (Display, resembles a seriffed Radio/Rundfunk, UNZ1 coding), Kaufhalle (Display, recreation of HO Kaufhalle logotype), Koch Fette Deutsche Schrift (Very plain fraktur, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Leipzig Fraktur (Fraktur for bread text, Wiegel coding), Leipzig Fraktur UNZ1A (Fraktur for bread text), Luxembourg 1910 (Sans-serif, Jugendstil display face from old spice drawers), Maass Slicer (Maassslicer) (Sans-serif, oblique display face, orig. logotype), Makushka (Sort-of an Elabris with minuscules, looks overlayable), Men Nefer (Slab-serif, geometric, UNZ1 coding), Midroba (Spur-serif, display, all-majuscule, heavy, octal), MMX2010 (Sans-serif, display, caps/smallcaps, TV game machine feel), Moderne Schwabacher (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Moderne Fette Schwabacher UNZ1A (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Möbius (moebius) (Sans-serif, display, bicolour (u/c = non-spacing fills, l/c = spacing outlines)), Morado (Connected handwriting with nib or marker pen), Murrx (Heavy display face made from ellipsoids on NE-SW axis), Mutter Krause (Serif, slanting, Jugendstil-feel.), Nathan (Slab-serif, hand-drawn.), Nomatais (Nomitais) (Elabris with multiple levels of outlines), Numukki (Conlang, knotted-line, good for separators and scenebreaks), Powerweld (Sans-serif, Bauhaus style, all-minuscule), Präsent 60 (PI font with various East German logos), Preussische IV 44 (PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3) (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type IV 44 version 3), Preussische VI 9 (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type VI 9 version 2), Proletarsk (Sans-serif, monoline, doubled-up questionmark), Quast (Brush type, all-majuscule, very rough outline), Quimbie (Sans-serif, all-majuscule, resembles Amelia), Quirkus (Sans-serif), Ring Matrix (LED matrix with ring LEDs, solid LEDs and ring LEDs with shadow), Rostock Kaligraph (Very round calligraphy, resembles rotunda), Rotunda Pommerania (Rotunda style, Wiegel-code (Regular only) or UNZ1-coded), Rudelskopf deutsch (Sans-serif, based on Kurrent-style letterforms), Schwaben Alt (Schwabacher in Wiegel- (Rg only) or UNZ1-coding.), Stage (Sans-serif, narrow, Art Deco, fleeting taste of Broadway), Strassburg Fraktur (Handwritten fraktur, ornate majuscules, Wiegel-coding), Tank (PI font with (gas/petrol) tank station logos), TengwarOptime (Optima for Tengwar), TGL 0-16/0-17 (East German versions of DIN 16 and DIN 17 blueprint types), TGL 31034-1, TGL 31034-2 (East German versions of DIN 6776 / DIN EN ISO 3098 blueprint types), Utusi Star (Sans-serif, slight resemblance with Rundfunk), Varieté (Sans-serif, all-majuscule or caps/smallcaps), Vis-A-Vis (Serif, all-majuscule, split in middle), Volk Redis (Kurrent handwriting, anno 1930-1941), Vrångö (LED matrix type like Ring Matrix), Waschküche (Serif, resembles Antykwa Torunska), Wiegel Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting), Wiegel Latein (Latin-style handwriting), Wolgast Script (Sloppy-looking handwriting with a broad-nib pen), Wolgast Two (Latin/Cyrillic handwriting), XAyax (Serif, Jugendstil, narrow, all-majuscule), Yiggivoo Unicode (Sans-serif, wide, tall x, board game packaging feel), Youbilee (PI font with various jubilee laurels), Verkehrszeichen (Zeichen) (PI fonts with traffic signs (in layers)), Verkehrszeichen alt (Zeichen Alt) (PI fonts with old traffic signs (in layers)).

Abstract Fonts link. Dafont link. Kernest link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C.E. Fetzer

In 1871-1872, C.E. Fetzer proposed a mathematically defined (raster-based) grotesk called Runde Groteskschrift. It was not a complete alphabet, but according to Albert-Jan Pool, it was the ancient ancestor of FF DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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[Roger S. Nelsson]

Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.

Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.

In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.

Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).

Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).

Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.

Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christian Bordeaux

Swiss type designer at Fontnest who designed these fonts: Neuro (2006), Lubmin (2008). He writes: The Lubmin typeface is a product of adaption of a standard character set (by VEB Typoart, Dresden) that was applied on roadname signs in the former Democratic Republic of Germany. It is, as far as documented, a production of early Prussian standard typefaces, which were also pattern for nowadays DIN font. The type went into action in many ways: Road signs, railway and military signals and also car plates; so almost anywhere a functional, easy reproduceable type was needed. The original letters were often different from road sign to road sign, because the signpainters had a variable elaborateness in painting the letters; some shapes are much more angular than others. So it had been a way of finding a compromise in this case. Also some points were interpreted in a new way, curves had been changed a little bit to accord readability aspects; but all in all, the Lubmin type is as original as in the time of the #Iron Curtain#. His future site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Schwartz

Christian Schwartz was born in 1977 in East Washington, NH, and grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in Communication Design. After graduation, he spent three months as the in-house type designer at MetaDesign Berlin, under the supervision of Erik Spiekermann. In January 2000, he joined Font Bureau. Near the end of 2000, he founded Orange Italic with Chicago-based designer Dino Sanchez, and left Font Bureau in August 2001 to concentrate full-time on developing this company. Orange Italic published the first issue of their online magazine at the end of 2001 and released their first set of typefaces in the beginning of 2002. Presently, he is an independent type designer in New York City, and has operated foundries like Christian Schwartz Design and Commercial Type (the latter since 2009). He has designed commercial fonts for Emigre, FontShop, House Industries and Font Bureau as well as proprietary designs for corporations and publications. In 2005, Orange Italic joined the type coop Village.

His presentations. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about "The accidental text face". At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he and Paul Barnes explained the development of a 200-style font family for the Guardian which includes Guardian Egyptian and Guardian Sans. FontShop's page on his work. Bio at Emigre. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot. Jan Middendorp's interview in October 2007. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where he announced his new typefoundry, simply called Commercial.

FontShop link. Font selection at MyFonts.

A partial list of his creations:

  • FF Bau (2001-2004): Art direction by Erik Spiekermann. Released by FontShop International. He says: Bau is based on Grotesk, a typeface released by the Schelter&Giesecke typefoundry in Leipzig, Germany at the end of the 19th century and used prominently by the designers at the Bauhaus. Each weight was drawn separately, to give the family the irregularity of the original, and the Super is new.
  • Neutraface (2002, House Industries) and Neutraface Condensed (2004). Art directed by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Schwartz states: Neutraface was an ambitious project to design the most typographically complete geometric sans serif family ever. We didn't have many actual samples of the lettering that the Neutras used on their buildings, so it ended up taking a lot of interpretation. There was no reference for the lowercase, so it's drawn from scratch, looking at Futura, Nobel, and Tempo for reference. Stephen Coles reports: Reminiscent of the recent FB Relay and HTF Gotham, Neutraface is an exaggerated Nobel with nods to Bauhaus and architectural lettering. Yes, and maybe Futura? Maggie Winters, Ioana Dumitrescu, Nico Köckritz, Nico Kockritz and Michelle Regna made great Neutraface posters.
  • Neutraface No. 2 (2007), discussed by Stephen Coles: By simply raising Neutrafaces low waist, most of that quaintness is removed in No. 2, moving the whole family (which is completely mixable) toward more versatile, workhorse territory. This release is surely Houses response to seeing so many examples of Neutraface standardized by its users. Also new is an inline version. Who doesn't love inline type? It so vividly recalls WPA posters and other pre-war hand lettering. There are other heavy, inlined sans serifs like Phosphate, but one with a full family of weights and text cuts to back it up is very appealing. A typophile states: Designed by Christian Schwartz for House Industries, Neutraface captures the 1950s stylings of architect Richard Neutra in a beautiful typeface meant for application on the screen, in print, and in metalwork. If you are ever in need of a classy retro face, they don't get any more polished than this.
  • Farnham (2004, Font Bureau) and Farnham Headline (2006, Schwartzco). Commissioned by Esterson Associates and de Luxe Associates. Winner of an award at TDC2 2004. Based on work by Johannes Fleischman, a German punchcutter who worked for the Enschedé Foundry in Haarlem in the mid-to-late 1700s. Schwartz: Truly part of the transistion from oldstyle (i.e. Garamond) to modern (i.e. Bodoni) Fleischman's romans are remarkable for their energy and "sparkle" on the page, as he took advantage of better tools and harder steel to push the limits of how thin strokes could get. In the 1800s, Fleischman's work fell into obscurity as tastes changed, but interest was renewed in the 1990s as digital revivals were designed by Matthew Carter, the Hoefler Type Foundry, and the Dutch Type Library, each focusing on a different aspect of the source material. I think the DTL version is the most faithful to the source, leaving the bumps and quirks inherent to metal type untouched. I've taken the opposite approach, using the source material as a starting point and trying to design a very contemporary text face that uses the basic structure and character of Fleischman without duplicating features that I found outdated, distracting, or unttatractive (i.e., the extra "spikes" on the capital E and F, or the form of the y).
  • FF Unit (2003-2004, Fontshop, designed with Erik Spiekermann). A clean and blocky evolution of FF Meta intended as a corporate face for the Deutsche Bahn (but subsequently not used).
  • Amplitude (2001-2003, Font Bureau), Amplitude Classified and Amplitude Headline. A newspaper-style ink-trapped sans family, unfortunately given the same name as a 2001 font by Aenigma. Winner of an award at TDC2 2004. The face selected by the St Louis Post Dispatch in 2005. One of many agates (type for small text) successfully developed by him. This page explains that they've dumped Dutch 811 and Bodoni and Helvetica and Franklin Gothic and News Gothic (whew!) for various weights of Amplitude, Poynter Old Style Display and Poynter Old Style Text. AmplitudeAubi was designed in 2002-2003 by Schwartz and Font Bureau for the German mag AutoBild.
  • Simian (2001, House Industries): SimianDisplay-Chimpanzee, SimianDisplay-Gorilla, SimianDisplay-Orangutan, SimianText-Chimpanzee, SimianText-Gorilla, SimianText-Orangutan. Designed at Font Bureau. Art Direction by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Schwartz: "Although Simian's roots are in Ed Benguiat's logos for the Planet of the Apes movies, Simian wound up veering off in its own direction. The display styles look very techno, and we really went nuts with the ligatures, since this was one of House's first Opentype releases."
  • Publico (2007): A predecessor of Guradian Egyptian. Schwartz writes: During the two year process of designing the typeface that would eventually become Guardian Egyptian, Paul Barnes and I ended up discarding many ideas along the way. Some of them were decent, just not right for the Guardian, including a serif family first called Stockholm, then renamed Hacienda after the legendary club in the Guardian's original home city of Manchester. Everyone involved liked the family well enough, but it didn't fit the paper as the design evolved, and several rounds of reworking left us more and more unsure of what it was supposed to look like. In the summer of 2006, Mark Porter and Esterson Associates were hired to redesign Publico, a major Portuguese daily newspaper, for an early 2007 launch. He asked us to take another look at Hacienda, to see if we might be able to untangle our many rounds of changes, figure out what it was supposed to look like in the first place, and finish it in a very short amount of time. Spending some time away from the typeface did our eyes a world of good. When we looked at it again, it was obvious that it really needed its "sparkle" played up, so we increased the sharpness of the serifs, to play against softer ball terminals, and kept the contrast high as the weight increased, ending up with an elegant and serious family with some humor at its extreme weights. As a Spanish name is not suitable for a typeface for a Portuguese newspaper, Hacienda was renamed once more, finally ending up as Publico. Production and design assistance by Kai Bernau. Commissioned by Mark Porter and Esterson Associates for Publico
  • Austin (2003): Designed by Paul Barnes at Schwartzco. Commissioned by Sheila Jack at Harper's&Queen.
  • Giorgio (2007): Commissioned by Chris Martinez at T, the New York Times Sunday style magazine. Small size versions produced with Kris Sowersby. Not available for relicensing. A high contrast condensed "modern" display face related to Imre Reiner's Corvinus. Ben Kiel raves: Giorgio, like the fashion models that it shares space with in T, the New York Times fashion magazine, is brutal in its demands. It is a shockingly beautiful typeface, one so arresting that I stopped turning the page when I first saw it a Sunday morning about a year ago. [...] Giorgio exudes pure sex and competes with the photographs beside it. The designers at T were clearly unafraid of what it demands from the typographer and, over the past year, kept on finding ways to push Giorgio to its limit. Extremely well drawn in its details, full of tension between contrast and grace, it is a typeface that demands to be given space, to be used with wit and courage, and for the typographer to be unafraid in making it the page.
  • Empire State Building (2007): An art deco titling face designed with Paul Barnes for Laura Varacchi at Two Twelve Associates. Icons designed by Kevin Dresser at Dresser Johnson. Exclusive to the Empire State Building.
  • Guardian (2004-2005): Commissioned by Mark Porter at The Guardian. Designed with Paul Barnes. Not available for relicensing until 2008. Based on an Egyptian, this 200-style family consists of Guardian Egyptian (the main text face), Guardian Sans, Guardian Text Egyptian, Guardian Text Sans and Guardian Agate.
  • Houston (2003): Commissioned by Roger Black at Danilo Black, Inc., for the Houston Chronicle. Schwartz: As far as I know, this typeface is the first Venetian Oldstyle ever drawn for newspaper text, and only Roger Black could come up with such a brilliant and bizarre idea. The basic structures are based on British Monotype's Italian Old Style, which was based on William Morris's Golden Type. The italic (particularly the alternate italic used in feature sections) also borrows from Nebiolo Jenson Oldstyle, and there is a hint of ATF Jenson Oldstyle in places as well.
  • Popular (2004): Commissioned by Robb Rice at Danilo Black, Inc., for Popular Mechanics. An Egyptian on testosterone.
  • Stag (2005): Commissioned by David Curcurito and Darhil Crooks at Esquire. Yet another very masculine slab serif family. Schwartz writes I showed them a range of slab serifs produced by French and German foundries around 1900-1940, and synthesized elements from several of them (notably Beton, Peignot's Egyptienne Noir, Georg Trump's Schadow, and Scarab) into a new face with a very large x-height, extremely short ascenders and descenders, and tight spacing. Also, we find Stag Sans (2007, Village) and Stag Dot (2008, Village).
  • Fritz (1997, Font Bureau). Schwartz: "Fritz is based on various pieces of handlettering done in the early 20th century by Ozwald Cooper, a type designer and lettering artist best known for the ubiquitous Cooper Black. Galapagos Typefoundry's Maiandra and Robusto are based on the same pieces of lettering."
  • Latino-Rumba, Latino-Samba (2000, House Industries). Art Direction by Andy Cruz. Designed with Ken Barber. Jazzy letters based on an earlier design of Schwartz, called Atlas (1993).
  • Pennsylvania (2000, FontBureau). A monospaed family inspired by Pennsylvanian license plates. Schwartz: "Thai type designer Anuthin Wongsunkakon's Keystone State is based on the exact same source."
  • Luxury (2002, Orange Italic, codesigned with Dino Sanchez). Gold, Platinum and Diamond are the names of the 1930s headline faces made (jokingly) for use with luxury items. The six-weight Luxury family at House Industries in 2006, contains three serif text weights called Luxury Text, as well as three display faces, called Platinum (art deco), Gold, and Diamond (all caps with triangular serifs).
  • Los Feliz (2002, Emigre). Based on handlettered signs found in LA.
  • Unfinished faces: Masthead, Reform, Bitmaps, Bilbao, Boyband, Addison, Elektro, Sandbox, Vendôme, Bailey.
  • Fonts drawn in high school: Flywheel (1992, FontHaus), Atlas (1993, FontHaus, a "a fairly faithful revival of Potomac Latin, designed in the late 1950s for PhotoLettering, Inc"), Elroy (1993, FontHaus), ElroyExtrasOrnaments, Hairspray (1993, "a revival of Steinweiss Scrawl, designed in the mid-1950s by Alex Steinweiss, best known for his handlettered record covers": HairsprayBlonde, HairsprayBrunette, HairsprayPix, HairsprayRedhead), Twist (1994, Precision Type and Agfa), Zombie (1995, Precision Type and Agfa), Morticia (1995, Agfa/Monotype), Gladys (1996, an unreleased revival of ATF's turn-of-the-century Master Script).
  • Ant&Bee&Art Fonts (1994-1995): three dingbat fonts, Baby Boom, C'est la vie, and Raining Cats&Dogs, based on drawings by Christian's aunt, Jill Weber. Released by FontHaus.
  • Digitizations done between 1993-1995: Dolmen (Letraset), Latino Elongated (Letraset), Regatta Condensed (Letraset), Fashion Compressed (Letraset), Jack Regular (Jack Tom), Tempto Openface (Tintin Timen).
  • Hand-tuned bitmap fonts: Syssy, Zimmer's Egyptian, Elizzzabeth, Newt Gothic, Trags X, Tibia, Fibula, Tino, Digest Cyrillic (based on Tal Leming's Digest). Free downloads of the pixel faces Newt Gothic, Tibula and Fibia here.
  • At Village and Orange Italic, one can get Local Gothic (2005), now in OpenType, a crazy mix of Helvetica Bold, Futura Extra Bold, Franklin Gothic Condensed and Alternate Gothic No. 2.
  • FF Oxide (2005), a Bank Gothic style stencil family. FF Oxide Light is free!
  • Graphik (2008), a sans between geometric and grotesk made for thew Wallpaper mag. Kris sSwersby writes: In a sweltering typographic climate that favours organic look-at-me typefaces bursting with a thousand OpenType tricks, Graphik is a refreshing splash of cool rationality. Its serious, pared-back forms reference classic sans serifs but remain thoroughly modern and never get frigid. Any designer worth their salt needs to turn away from the screen&pick up the latest copy of Wallpaper* magazine. There you will find one of the most beautiful, restrained sans serifs designed in a very long time.
  • In 2011, he created a 22-style revival of Helvetica called Neue Haas Grotesk (Linotype), which offers alternates such as a straigt-legged R and a differently-seriffed a. It is based on the original drawings of Miedinger in 1957.
Schwartz also made numerous custom fonts:
  • Houston (2003). Winner of an award at TDC2 2004, a type family done with Roger Black for the Houston Chronicle. Schwartz: This typeface is the first Venetian Oldstyle ever drawn for newspaper text, and only Roger Black could come up with such a brilliant and bizarre idea. The basic structures are based on British Monotype's Italian Old Style, which was based on William Morris's Golden Type.).
  • Popular (2004). A thick-slabbed face drawn for Popular Mechanics, commissioned by Robb Rice at Danilo Black, Inc.
  • FF Meta 3 (2003, hairline versions of type drawn by Richard Lipton and Erik Spiekermann).
  • Eero (2003). Based on an unnamed typeface drawn by Eero Saarinen for the Dulles International Airport. Art Directed by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Commissioned by House Industries for the Dulles International Airport.
  • ITC Officina Display (2003). The Regular, Bold and Black weights of this face were originally developed by Ole Schäfer for Erik Spiekermann's redesign of The Economist in 2000 or 2001. The ITC conglomerate decided to release it in 2003. I revised parts of Ole's fonts, and worked with Richard Lipton to adapt the Light from a version of Officina Light that Cyrus Highsmith had drawn several years earlier for a custom client. I also added more arrows and bullets than anyone could possibly need, but they were fun to draw. Released by Agfa.
  • Symantec (2003). Designed with Conor Mangat based on News Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton (Sans) and Boehringer Serif by Ole Schäfer, based on Concorde Nova by Günter Gerhard Lange (Serif). Advised by Erik Spiekermann. Commissioned by MetaDesign for Symantec Corporation.
  • Harrison (2002). Based on the hand of George Harrison, was commissioned in 2002 by radical.media.
  • Chalet Cyrillic (2002, House Industries).
  • Benton Modern (2001). Based on Globe Century by Tobias Frere-Jones and Richard Lipton. Commissioned by Font Bureau for the Readability Series. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Caslon's Egyptian (2001). Commissioned by Red Herring. Designed at Font Bureau. Around 1816, William Caslon IV printed the first know specimen of a sans serif typeface: W CASLON JUNR LETTERFOUNDER. A complete set of matrices for captials exists in the archives of Stephenson Blake, and Miko McGinty revived these as a project in Tobias Frere-Jones's type design class at Yale. In 1998, Cyrus Highsmith refined Miko's version, giving it a more complete character set for Red Herring magazine. In 2001, they came back for a lowercase and 3 additional weights. I looked at Clarendon and British vernacular lettering (mainly from signs) for inspiration, and came up with a lowercase that does not even pretend to be an accurate or failthful revival.
  • David Yurman (2001). Based on a custom typeface by Fabien Baron. Commissioned by Lipman Advertising for David Yurman. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Coop Black lowercase (2001). Based on Coop Black by Ken Barber and Coop. Commissioned by House Industries for Toys R Us. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Interstate Monospaced (2000-2001). Based on Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones. Commissioned by Citigroup. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Vectora Thin (2000). Based on Vectora by Adrian Frutiger. Commissioned by O Magazine. Not available for licensing. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • LaDeeDa (2000). Informal lettering, art directed by Mia Hurley. Commissioned by gURL.com. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Poynter Agate Display (2000). Based on Poynter Agate by David Berlow. Commissioned by the San Jose Mercury News classified section. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • FF DIN Condensed (2000). Based on FF DIN by Albert-Jan Pool. Commissioned by Michael Grossman for Harper's Bazaar. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • VW Headline Light&VW Heckschrift (1999). Based on Futura by Paul Renner and VW Headline by Lucas de Groot. Art directed by Erik Spiekermann and Stephanie Kurz. Commissioned by MetaDesign Berlin for Volkswagen AG.
  • 5608 (1999). Stencil face for Double A Clothing.
  • Bureau Grotesque (1996-2002). Designed with FB Staff including David Berlow, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jill Pichotta, Richard Lipton, and others. Mostly unreleased. Some styles commissioned by Entertainment Weekly. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Guardian Egyptian (2005). A 200-font family by Schwartz and Paul Barnes for The Guardian.
  • In 2007, Schwartz and Spiekermann received a gold medal from the German Design Council for a type system developed fo the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway).
  • Zizou or Clouseau (2011). A reworking (from memory) of Antique Olive (1960, Roger Excoffon). This was published at the end of 2013 as Duplicate (2013, with Miguel Reyes). In three styles, Slab, Sans and Ionic. Commercial Type writes: Christian Schwartz wanted to see what the result would be if he tried to draw Antique Olive from memory. He was curious whether this could be a route to something that felt contemporary and original, or if the result would be a pale imitation of the original. Most of all, he wanted to see what he would remember correctly and what he would get wrong, and what relationship this would create between the inspiration and the result. Though it shares some structural similarities with Antique Olive and a handful of details, like the shape of the lowercase a, Duplicate Sans is not a revival, but rather a thoroughly contemporary homage to Excoffon. Duplicate Sans was finally finished at the request of Florian Bachleda for his 2011 redesign of Fast Company. Bachleda wanted a slab companion for the sans, so Schwartz decided to take the most direct route: he simply added slabs to the sans in a straightforward manner, doing as little as he could to alter the proportions, contrast, and stylistic details in the process. The bracketed serifs and ball terminals that define the Clarendon genre (also known as Ionic) first emerged in Britain in the middle of the 19th century. While combining these structures with a contemporary interpretation of a mid-20th century French sans serif seems counterintutive, the final result feels suprisingly natural. The romans are a collaboration between Christian Schwartz and Miguel Reyes, but the italic is fully Reyes's creation, departing from the sloped romans seen in Duplicate Sans and Slab with a true cursive. Mark Porter and Simon Esterson were the first to use the family, in their 2013 redesign of the Neue Züricher Zeitung am Sonntag. Because the Ionic genre has ll ong been a common choice for text in newspapers, Duplicate Ionic is a natural choice for long texts.
  • In 2014, Christian Schwartz and Dino Sanchez codesigned the roman inscriptional typeface Gravitas. The name was already in use by Riccardo de Franceschi (since 2011), Laura Eames (since 2013) and Keith Tricker (since earlier in 2014), so there may be some emails flowing between these type designers. They write: The primary inspiration for Gravitas was Augustea Nova, Aldo Novarese's quirky and spiky Latin interpretation of the Roman inscriptional caps for the Nebiolo Type Foundry, released in a single weight in the 1950s. It's fairly common to see Augustea Open these days, but his lowercase apparently didn't survive the transition to phototype. Many designers have tackled the problem of matching a lowercase to the classical Roman capitals, with decidedly mixed results. The Bold Italic was drawn by Jesse Vega.
  • Early in 2014, Christian Schwartz, Paul Barnes and Miguel Reyes joined forces to create the manly didone typeface family Caponi, which is based on the early work of Bodoni, who was at that time greatly influenced by the roccoco style of Pierre Simon Fournier. It is named after Amid Capeci, who commissioned it in 2010 for his twentieth anniversary revamp of Entertainment Weekly. Caponi comes in Display, Slab and Text subfamilies.

    Also in 2014, Christian designed the custom typeface Poets Electra for the American Academy of Poets. It extends and modifies W.A. Dwiggins's Electra (1940).

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Christoph Bergleiter

Graphic designer in Ulm. Behance link. He created the horizontally striped typeface DIN Cut (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christoph Dunst
[Büro Dunst]

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Christoph Koeberlin
[Christoph Koeberlin: Best of 2010]

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Christoph Koeberlin: Best of 2010
[Christoph Koeberlin]

German page by Christoph Koeberlin, who names his "best fonts of 2010".

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Christopher Widdowson
[Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson]

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Claudio Barandun

Swiss type designer, b. 1979, Winterthur. He studied graphic design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Luzern. His typefaces:

Together with Megi Zumstein, he set up Hi.

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Cyrus Highsmith

Senior designer at Font Bureau since 1997, after graduating that year from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he now is a faculty member at RISD, where he teaches typography in the department of Graphic Design. He regularly offers a summer course on Digital Type Design, Summer Institute of Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design. His sketchbooks are now on line.

Author of Inside Paragraphs, written for a foundational typography course. Matthew Carter writes: Cyrus Highsmith takes the lid off a paragraph of type and shows its inner workings. There is nothing you need to understand about using type that's not in this book. Cyrus explains the correct terms for the typographic components of form and space that make a letter, a word, a line, a paragraph, and he does it with clear drawings, simple language, and a legible typeface for the text.

Interview at MyFonts.

Cyrus created wonderful typefaces such as Loupot (1997, with Laurie Rosenwald, based on the lettering on Loupot's St. Raphael poster), Eggwhite (2001, for comics), Relay (2002, a somewhat art deco sans serif family that will be in vogue for years to come!), Benton Sans (1995-2003, with Tobias Frere-Jones, a revival of Benton's 1903 family, News Gothic; see also Benton Sans Wide, 2013), Occupant Gothic (2000, angular), Prensa (2003, a simple 24-style serif family), Prensa Display (2012), Dispatch (1999-2000), Halo (2003), the 12-weight Stainless family (2001), and Daleys Gothic (1998). The Wall Street Journal uses his D4ScotchD4Scotch family (2001). He made a modified Palatino for the newspaper El Mercurio, and designed Zocalo or El Universal for the newspaper El Universal. He won Bukvaraz 2001 awards for Prensa and Relay.

His Amira (Font Bureau) and (Spanish-feeling) Zocalo (Font Bureau) won awards at TDC2 2004.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the wealth of typefaces. In 2006, Escrow (Font Bureau) was published, an out-of-this-world 44-style subdued Scotch family that is used by The Wall Street Journal. In 2007, still at Font Bureau, he created Antenna, a 56-style sans family, as well as Biscotti, a delicate connected (wedding) script commissioned in 2004 by Gretchen Smelter and Donna Agajanian for Brides magazine.

His calligraphic copperplate script Novia (2007, Font Bureau) was commissioned to grace the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Still in 2007, he won an award for his newspaper type family Quiosco (Font Bureau). Font Bureau writes: With Quiosco, Cyrus Highsmith continues an examination of themes and possibilities which he first explored in Prensa, inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins---specifically a dynamic tension between inner and outer contours. However, the crackling, electrical energy of Prensa here gives way to a more fluid, mercurial muscularity in Quiosco.

In 2008, he designed Scout for Geraldine Hessler's redesign of Entertainment Weekly, under the influence of DIN, Venus and Cairoli.

In 2010, at Font Bureau, he published the extensive families Ibis Text and Ibis Display, which he says were influenced by Walbaum (1919) and Melior (1952). The Webtype version IbisRE is poorly kerned / displayed in my browser though. From 2007-2010, he developed Salvo Sans (slabby) and Salvo Serif (Font Bureau), which were originally called Boomer Sans and Serif.

In 2012, he published Serge (an angular script family in three styles: a frisky, acrobatic face that dashes off decorative blurbs, signs, and headlines with a lively, angular zest), Heron Sans and Heron Serif at Font Bureau, which writes: Heron Serif and Sans are born of hard iron and steel, but galvanized with Cyrus Highsmith's warmth and energy.

In 2013, he published Icebox at Font Bureau---a font that is based on a set of magnetic letters found at a variety store.

Typefaces from 2014: Tick and Tock, two stencil styles.

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Don't design web fonts Its theme is: The successful type series of the future will be the ones that can move between media. He says that new typefaces should be smarter than the devices that use them.

View Cyrus Highsmith's typefaces.

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Dan Rhatigan
[Intel]

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Daniel Adamko

Hungarian designer of HUN-DIN 1451 (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Designers talk: favorite fonts

Favorite fonts as listed by designers, with votes tallied:

  • 4 votes: Helvetica Neue
  • 2 votes: Clarendon, Eurostyle, Futura, Optima
  • 1 vote: Avenir, Avant Garde, Bliss, Bryant, Chevin, Da Plume, Egyptienne, DIN Engschrift, Frutiger, FS Clerkenwell, FS Albert, Gill Sans, Haas Unica, Haettenschweiler, Humanist, Interface, Interstate, ITC Garamond, Klavika, Miller, Mister Giacco, Mostra, Officina Serif, Requiem, Sabon, Sansa, VAG, Whitney
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Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN)

German institute based in Berlin. Owners of Fette Engschrift D (URW++). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN 1451

German highway, railway and industrial typeface that is based on strict specifications. Linotype writes: The abbreviation "DIN" stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (The German Institute for Industrial Standards). In 1936, this standards committee settled upon DIN 1451 as the primary lettering style for use in the areas of technology, traffic, administration, and business. The committee chose a sans serif design because of its legibility, and because its forms are also easy to reproduce. This faces design was not foreseen to be used in advertisements or other "artistically oriented purposes," and there were disagreements about its aesthetic qualities. Nevertheless, the DIN face has been set everywhere in Germany since its adoption, especially on signs for town names and traffic directions. Over the decades, it has managed to make its way into advertisements, too, perhaps because of its ease of recognition. The contemporary font version of DIN 1451 has been adopted and used by designers in other countries as well, solidifying its world-wide design reputation. Try it out today for signage, magazine layouts, book covers, or flyers. DIN 1451s industrial heritage makes it surprisingly functional in just about any conceivable application. Poster by Federico Arguissein (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN 1658

Dead link. DIN type classification system. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN 17

One of the later specifications of the Deutsches Institut für Normung, from 1938. A typeface that follows it was made by Scangraphic, DIN 17 SB. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN and Klothoids

Frenchman Marie Alfred Cornu proposed his famous Cornu spirals in 1874, also known as Klothoids. They have the desirable property that curves can blend smoothly into lines, much more so than Bezier curves can blend into straight lines. Bezier-based outlines thus exhibit the characteristic kinks. To avoid them, one has to resort to design by hand. This has annoyed the designers of FF DIN Round (Albert-Jan Pool, FontShop). Clearly, there is a need to broaden the palette of curves from which type designers can choose. The FF DIN Round designers "simulated" the klothoid by using more Beziers than normal, to trick the eye.

However, the designers failed to note a remarkble property of Bezier curves. If one places the first three Bezier points on a line (the start point and two control points), and the last (end) point off the line, then the transition away from the line is "cubic", not "quadratic". Now, a simple math exercise shows that klothoids have precisely this cubic behavior that is so eye-pleasing. Did Pool try this trick? Why was it not used? [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN Font Poster

Megan Starr-Thomas (Brisbane, Australia) created a DIN font poster in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DIN specifications

DIN is a set of typeface norms set by the Deutsches Institut für Normung (The German Institute for Industrial Standards). In 1919, Germany had its first (Grotesk) typeface for technical drawings that followed strict norms, the DIN 16. This was followed in 1927 by DIN 1451. The latter set of raster-based specifications was developed under the guidance of Siemens engineer Ludwig Goller in 1926-1927. The DIN 1451 would be further developed and broadened over the years, leading to DIN Engschrift and DIN Mittelschrift. Various modifications led to DIN 1451 (1936), DIN 17 (1938) and the "new" DIN 16 (1934). The DIN was heavily used until the 1980s in stencils, sold by companies such as Faber-Castell, Rotring, Staedtler, and Standardgraph. Articles on DIN:

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Dmitry Rastvortsev

Ukrainian type designer (b. 1977, Buryn) who graduated from Sumy State University in 1999. Since 2002, he creates digital fonts. He works at Dancor advertising in Sumy, Ukraine, since 1997.

He received a TypeArt 05 award for the display family DR Galushki (and DR Galushki Hole, 2011), which was designed for children's books. Other creations: Dekapot (grunge), DR Agu (comic book face), DR Agu Sans (2013), DR Trafaret (army stencil face), DR Vixi, DR UkrGotika Sans, DR UkrGotika Serif.

In 2014, Gayaneh Bagdasaryan and Dmitry Rastvortsev created the Latin / Cyrillic sans typeface family Brutal Type (Brownfox) that is genetically linked to DIN.

His funny DR Krokodila won an award at Paratype K2009.

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Domen Fras
[Aparat]

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Dominik Borner

Swiss graphic designer. Creator of My First Font (2012, based on DIN).

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Dutch Design

This was a studio started in 1994 by Albert-Jan Pool in Hamburg. I do not know of many public typefaces made there, but some brand-designed typefaces saw the light there. For example, SapientSans (1995) is a custom design based on FF DIN. It can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eifoni
[Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen]

Eifoni is the studio of Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen in Oslo. Elvind has done several complete typefaces. These include a corporate typeface called Supersexy (2010), for Laid, the only Norwegian producer of high-end sex toys. For his master project at KHiB (Bergen National Academy of the Arts), under the guidance of Andrea Thinnes and Rachel Troye, he used graffiti as a starting point to create the pair of faces called the Bomber and the Artist (2007). His typefaces include Supersexy and Oslo Sans.

At Skin Design Studio, he created the all caps DIN-like face Skin Extra Regular for in-house use.

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Eivind Fonnaas Nilsen
[Eifoni]

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Evasion: Ten Best Typefaces of 2008
[Jérémie Werner]

Jérémie Werner is a freelance graphic designer from Strasbourg, France, who runs graphic design studio Evasion. He published his list of the ten best typefaces of 2008 (in French). Here we go:

  • PF Centro Pro (Parachute)
  • FF Netto (FontFont): a round minimalist sans face by Daniel Utz. Ideal for pictograms and signage.
  • SOHO Gothic (Sebastian Lester, Monotype).
  • Gloriola (Suitcase).
  • Skolar (David Brezina), a multilingual typeface.
  • Benton Modern Display (Dyana Weissman and Richard Lipton, for Font Bureau): inspired by Morris Fuller Benton's Century Expanded. A classy modern family.
  • Archer (Hoefler): a versatile slab serif.
  • Katarine (Suitcase), a poster font along the lines of DIN or Trade Gothic. (Isn't this from 2004?)
  • Le Monde Sans, Le Monde Courrier, Le Monde Journal (Porchez) Le Monde Livre PTF (2008, Porchez).
  • Leitura (Dino Dos Santos): a large and elegant family from 2007 (not 2008).
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Fatype
[Anton Koovit]

Foundry, est. in 2012 by Anton Koovit and Yassin Baggar in Berlin, and in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Fatype has designed typefaces for GQ France (such as GQ Baton), Derzeit (2012, Fashion Week Berlin Daily: a typeface by Yassin Baggar and Manuel Schibli), Google and Journal B. Their typefaces include U8 (2010, Anton Koovit: named after the ghost stations underground that were closed in the good old days of the GDR), Aleksei (Anton Koovit) and Adam BP (2008, Anton Koovit).

U8 started out as a Berlin subway system signage project based on found lettering. Some glyphs had to designed from scratch. The result is an early modernist typeface with elements of DIN and Bauhaus.

Typefaces from 2012 include Adam Serif (a book and magazine typeface family).

In 2013, Anton Koovit and Yassin Baggar codesigned the low x-height typeface family Baton.

In 2014, he created Aleksei.

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FE Schrift

FE Mittelschrift and FE Engschrift are the German typefaces used on automobile license plates. The FE stands for fälschungserschwerend, or hard to forge: for example, it is no longer possible to make a P into an R or a 3 into an 8 with a black marker pen. Developed from 1978-1980 by Karlgeorg Hoefer with th assistance of others such as the University of Giessen. It replaced the old DIN in 1994 and is an absolute monstrosity showing to what extremes governments will go in the name of security. Incredibly, several digital fonts have been made to resemble it, as if anyone would want to use it for anything other than on toilet paper wrappers:

  • FE Mittelschrift and FE Engschrift (1997, Stephan Mueller, Lineto).
  • Kraftfahrzeugkennzeichen (2008), a free font.
  • FE-Font (1997), a free font by an unknown designer.
  • Martin Core (Core.nu) claims his Sauerkrauto font was based on images of the German license plates.
  • Gutenberg Labo made GL-Nummernschild-Eng and GL-Nummernschild-Mtl to replace FE Engschrift and FE Mittelschrift, respectively.
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FF DIN
[Albert-Jan Pool]

The story of Albert-Jan Pool's information design type family FF DIN, told by FontShop: i, ii, iii, iv. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontShop: Best Fonts of 2010

FontShop's best of 2010, among the fonts that can be bought there:

  • Sans faces: Panno Text (Bold Monday: tightest text type), FF DIN Round (Albert-Jan Pool: longest anticipated rounded variant), FF DIN Web + FF DIN Web Condensed (Albert-Jan Pool: most popular web font), Sense and Sensibility (Nick Shinn: best double team), Vinkel (Jarno Lukkarila: masculine angularity), Brevia (Hans van Dohren: most generous x-height), Aktiv Grotesk (Dalton Maag: Best alternative for Helvetica), Depot New (Chris Dickinson: best neutral humanist sans).
  • Sans&Serif combined: FF Amman (Jan Gerner: simultaneous Latin-Arabic release), Parry (Artur Schmal, 2006: best extreme weight additions), Museo (Jos Buivenga: best-selling semi-serif).
  • Serif: Tanger Serif (Jarno Lukkarila: best combined text/headline font), FF Suhmo (Alex Rütten: friendliest correspondence face), Magneta (Neil Summerour: best book cover font), Skolar (David Brezina: most scholarly serif font), Tabac (Tomas Brousil: sharpest serifs, Fayon (Peter Mohr: freshest interpretation of the Didot style), Harfang (André Simard: Best arctic bird name), Lavigne Text&Display (Ramiro Espinoza: sensuous serif font).
  • Display: Balduina (Circulo de Tipografos: most Mexican Dutch type collection), Ambicase Modern (Craig Eliason: best bi-curious font), Geotica (Jos Buivenga: most playful), Margarita (Alejandro Lo Celso: most extreme contrast).
  • Script: Dear Sarah (Christian Robertson: best font for secret love letters), Suomi Hand Script (Tomi Haaparanta: least font-like font), Affair (Alejandro Paul: wedding invitation worthy), Compendium (Alejandro Paul: emulation of 19th century American penmanship).
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Francesco Mistico Canovaro
[Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)]

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Fraugerlach
[Verena Gerlach]

German designer (b. Berlin, 1971) who studied Visual Communication at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee from 1993-1998. Shortly after finishing art school in 1998 and two visits to the UK as an exchange student, she founded her own studio for graphic design, type design and typography. She has lectured on type design and typography at Designakademie Berlin since 2003. In 2005, she started Fraugerlach. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, she spoke about type in the streets of Berlin (PDF of Verena's presentation). At ATypI 2010 in Dublin, she spoke about her personal experiences with cultural oppression (censorship) in Algeria in 2009. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Ala has a pen - a remixed type workshop in Katowice [a report on a type design workshop held in poland in 2012].

Author of Karbid From lettering to type design (2013, coauthored with Fritz Grögel and published by Ypsilon Éditeurs). This book was released on the occasion of the ATypI 2013 conference.

The PTL fonts in the list below were published at Primetype in 2002. Verena Gerlach created these typefaces:

  • LT Pide Nashi (1997). An Arabic simulation font.
  • EF Aranea (1996). A script face.
  • The FF Karbid family, 1999-2011. Includes FF Karbid Slab (2011) and Ff Karbid Display (2011). FF Karbid Text was published in 2011.
  • She co-designed CstBerlin-West with Ole Schaefer in 2000 at FontFont.
  • FF Citystreet Types East, FF Citystreet Types West.
  • PTL Blinkenlights (2001). Free at Primetype, this pixel font commemorates a happening in Berlin organized by Verena's hacker friends who made a tall building in Berlin into a computer screen in which pixels could be controlled by cell phones).
  • PTL Touja Sans, PTL Touja Slab (2002). These are comic book or dishwasher ad types.
  • PTL Trafo (2002).
  • PTL Tephe (2002).
  • PTL Lore (2002). A stencil family.
  • PTL Bugis (2002).
  • In 2008, she published the 8-style sans family FF Chambers Sans (one free weight).
  • In 2009, she finally completed Vielzweck at Primetype, described by Christoph Koeberlin as a DIN Schrift with personality.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link. Fontfont bio.

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Fred Bordfeld

German designer of GP.F La Muerte (2005, with Ollie Peters), GP.F Bitur 1.0 (2005, bitmap fraktur font), GP.F Mudam (2005, with Ollie Peters) and Jado (2005, FF DIN modified for Jadolabs GmbH). GP.F Bitur 1.0 is on the CD that comes with Fraktur Mon Amour (Hermann Schmidt Verlag, 2006). MyFonts link. Creator of Deja Rip and Deja Web (2010, with Elena Albertoni; Cyrillic included), a family of eight sans typefaces sold via Anatoletype. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fresko Design
[Katiuscia Mari]

Firenze, Italy-based design group, which made the free grotesque monospace face Fresko (2010), and the bold techno face Peppermint (2010). In 2011, they made Diamante, Opificio, Tape Rail, and Square Block (octagonal). Behance link. Fresko Design is Andrea Cerboneschi, Giada Bargellini and Katiuscia Mari. In this group, Katiuscia Mari (a graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze) seems to be the type design specialist. Filetto (2009) is a sans modeled after DIN 1451 done with Debora Manetti and Francisco Canovaro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gayaneh Bagdasaryan
[Brownfox]

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German numberplates font

FE Mittelschrift is the German car plate font designed between 1978 and 1980 by Karlgeorg Hoefer (1914-2000) together with the University of Giessen (Dept. of Physiology and Cybernetic Psychology). FE is the abbreviation of the German word fälschungserschwerend (difficult to forge). Characters were designed individually so that a C could not be made into an O and so forth. The face was first used on cars in 1994. Article by Susanne Schaller, with comments by a number of people. Martin Core claims his Sauerkrauto font was based on images of the license plates. Spiekermann dislikes the typeface because the letters have no relationship to each other: he calls it a complete forgery. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gesine Todt

Gesine Todt is a Berlin-based graphic and typeface designer. She studied type design under Lucas De Groot at FH Potsdam from 2004-2006, where she created the sans typeface Gabelle. At HTW Berlin University she studied graphic design and graduated in 2007.

In 2009 she graduated with an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Since then she works as a freelancer and enjoys the view from her studio in Berlin Kreuzberg. Her graduation project at Reading involved the sans typeface You Are Here. This typeface was made for wayfinding, and was compared in her thesis with famous wayfinding faces such as FF Info Display, FF DIN, Folio, Frutiger, ITC Johnston, Simple, Univers, Vectora, OfficinaSans, and Interstate.

In 2011, she put one her typefaces up for free download at Google Web Font Directory: Amaranth (an upright italic), Bigshot One (a showy didone display face), Snippet (2011), Leckerli One (2011, fat signage face).

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Gina Grittner

Graphic designer in Cincinnati, OH. She writes about her typeface Abe (2012): Abe Regular was designed to give the classic typeface Din a humanist touch. With a focus on subtle contrast, natural curves and a dancing baseline; Abe is the less intense, country version of the rigid classic.

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Greg Ponchak
[SINDSINDSIND]

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Guido Schneider
[Brass Fonts]

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Harrisson
[Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)]

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Hasan Abu Afash
[Hiba Studio]

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Hashim Padiyath Mohemmadali

Indian type designer (b. 1969) from Cochin in Kerala. He designed IndusLL (1994, a roman face with features of Lithos) for Linotype's TakeType library "based on the still undeciphered pictographic script of the Indus Valley civilization, circa 5000 BC". He designed the dingbat face Chihnangal, and the following commercial Malayalam fonts: Puthuma, Unniyarcha, Indulekha, Ravivarma, Ambili, Kingini, Thulasi, Orma, Harisri, Atham, Aarcha, Unniyarcha, Nila, Chirutha, Thumba, Vartha&Pampa. He studied under R.K. Joshi. He runs Design Difference, which has created these typefaces (text almost literally taken from their site):

  • While working at C-DAC Gist, Pune during 1993-1994, Hashim P M had designed the monoweight semi-condensed Indulekha in 6 variants (Normal, Oblique, Bold, Bold Oblique, Heavy and Heavy Oblique), the calligraphic script Ravivarma in 4 variants (Normal, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic) and the calligraphic serifed Ambili in 4 variants (Normal, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic) apart from Chihnangal a collection of Symbols and Cliparts pertaining to Kerala. Indulekha has become the most favourite display typeface in Malayalam, lapped up by advertisements and publications, Ravivarma is the chosen one for invitations and citations while Ambili retains its uniqueness as the first serif typeface in Malayalam and is used only when a touch of class is asked for.
  • While working at Malayala Manorama, Kottayam during 1994-1997, Hashim P M had designed 8 exclusive Malayalam typefaces for them which are stile in use and determine their typographic flavour after several layout revamp exercises. Vartha, Kingini, Puthuma, Chirutha, Nila, Thulasi, Aarcha and Unniyarcha belong to text and display categories. Unniyarcha was used as a text typeface in the daily only for a brief time, while its display counterpart Aarcha is still their headline typeface along with Kingini. The group's other publications including Vanitha, Manorama Weekly, Balarama, Karshakasri, Bhashaposhini, Yearbook also use these typefaces.
  • While redesigning Mathrubhumi Daily, its was imperative that their decadent typefaces were also given a contemporary flavour. They took up the challenge, cleaned up their half-century-old designs and made a whole new family out of it which was suited for web-offset printing on newsprint. Mathrubhumi 760 and 762 were the final products which take less space and prints better. For Mathrubhumi Weekly, a new monoweight typeface (Mathrubhumi 560) was created which worked well for text and display and which followed their unique keymap. The end result was so appealing that even the daily and some of their magazines have started using it extensively. Ambadi, a typeface they had developed earlier was used in the recent redesign of Mathrubhumi Weekly.
  • Thejas, Malayalam's youngest daily wanted a brand new headline typeface to announce that they are different. Thejas, the headline typeface they designed for them is compressed and dark enough to stand out in the crowd. Instead of giving a lighter version of this, they designed Kadali, a second headline typeface which is more conventional, albeit with a semi-condensed form. Together they create the necessary visual tension in headlines, making Thejas one of the best-looking dailies in the language. Later they also developed an expanded version of Thejas for them.
  • For the Signage design of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin they needed a typeface that matched with the Roman typeface wde had selected to use. They developed Amrita modifying Keli. Sakshi is inspired by communist wall-grafitti letters with a dripping paint-brush touch. Ambadi has curled terminals and ink-traps at junctions. Pingala is inspired by DIN Mittleschrift and its bare features.
  • They had designed a headline typeface for Deepika daily (the oldest in Malayalam) when we undertook the redesign of the daily. Deepika (nee Atham) is a robust typeface with condensed form loosely inspired by Frankin Gothic. A Normal and Bold version with Oblique make a strong family. The typeface is still the main display typeface for the group's publications even after so many years. They consider it among one of their best type designs to date. They also licensed Orma on a non-exclusive basis to them during the project.
  • The display typeface Mangalam was designed for Mangalam Group of Publications when wde redesigned their daily. Thick and thin and condensed in nature, the typeface is currently used by the group in all their publications. They have also licensed Pampa on a non-exclusive basis to Mangalam, which has also become a hot favourite in their publications.
  • They developed Thumba as a corporate typeface for D C Books after wde used a draft version of it in th Malayalam CD-ROM Encyclopedia wde developed for them. The very modern Thumba is monoweight, sufficiently expanded and has a relaxed air about it. Regular, Bold and Heavy with their Obliques make a handsome family. Thumba is loosely inspired by Frutiger and is one of their best type designs to date. They had also licensed Pampa and Orma on a non-exclusive basis, for use in their publications. When they were redesigning and streamlining their corporate visual identity, they also put together their logos and symbols as a handy font D C Logos.

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Hausschriften

A list (in German) of typefaces used by companies (often specially designed). Translated and partially reproduscd here. We also took info from this subpage.
CompanyTypeAlternate typeYet another typeStill another type
ARDThe Sans The Serif
AirBerlinMeta
AirbusHelvetica Neue Times New Roman Arial
Akzo NobelSymbol
AralAral V2 Medium Baskerville BQ
AudiAudi Antiqua Audi Sans
BMWBMW Helvetica
BonnfinanzFrutiger Adobe Garamond Bodoni Book
BoschBosch Sans/Serif
BundesregierungDemos
CDUFF Kievit
Credit SuisseCredit Suisse Type
DHLFrutiger Minion
DRKGill Sans Rockwell
DSKThe Sans5
DaimlerChryslerCorporate ASE
Deutsche BahnHelvetica
Deutsche BankDeuBa Univers
Deutsche PostFrutigerHelvetica
E.ONPolo
FordFord Light/Bold
HeinekenHeineken Sans/Serif
HenkelHelvetica Neue Swift EF Arial Times New Roman
IKEAIkea
LangenscheidtTrade Gothic
Linde AGLinde Dax
LufthansaHelvetica
MephistoFutura Book
MercedesCorporate A/E/S
MitsubishiAlpha Headline
NissanNissanAG
NiveaNivea Sans
NokiaNokia Sans/Serif
OpelOpel Sans
PioneerMeta
PorscheFranklin Gothic
RocheMinion Imago
SchoolChevin
ShellFutura LT Bold
SiemensSiemens Sans/Serif/Slab Serif
SparkassSparkasse Lt/Rg
TUITui
TengelmannSyntax
UBSUBS Headline Frutiger 45
UPSDax
VWVW Headline Utopia
VeluxFutura
VolvoVolvo Broard
WDRMeta Minion
Zeche ZollvereinChevin
CompanyTypefaceFoundryDesignerBasisApplication
ŠkodaSkoda SansDalton Magg
3SatGill SansMonotypeEric Gill
ADACFranklin GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
AEGRotisAgfaOtl Aicher
AMDGill SansMonotypeEric Gill
ARDThe SansLucasFontsLucas de Groot
ARDThe SerifLucasFontsLucas de Groot
AVMInfoFontFontErik Spiekermann, Ole Schäfer
AVMMetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
AWDAWDInterstate
AXAErasITC
AdidasAdiHausDIN
AdobeMyriadMonotype
AdobeMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach
AirBerlinMetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
AirbusTimes New RomanMonotype
AirbusArialMonotypePatricia Saunders, Robin Nichols
AirbusNeue HelveticaLinotype
Akzo NobelSymbol
AldiFuturaElsner+FlakePaul Renner
AllianzFormata CondensedHeadlines
AppleApple Myriad
AralBaskerville BQ
AralAral V2 Medium
ArcorMemphisLinotypeChauncey H. Griffith
ArvatoBliss
AudiAudi Antiqua
AudiAudi SansUnivers
B.Braun Melsungen AGRotisAgfaOtl Aicher
BMWBMW TypeHelvetica
Beck'sSyntaxLinotypeHans Eduard Meier
Berliner ZeitungWalbaumLinotypeJ. E. WalbaumHeadlines
Berliner ZeitungUtopiaMonotypeText
BertelsmannUtopiaMonotype
BertelsmannUniversLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
BonnfinanzBodoni BookBitstreamGiambattista Bodoni
BonnfinanzAdobe GaramondAgfaClaude Garamond, Robert Slimbach
BonnfinanzFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
BoschBosch Serif
BoschBosch Sans
BulthaupRotisAgfaOtl Aicher
Bundesagentur für ArbeitCorporate SURW++Kurt Weidemann
BundesregierungNeue Demos
BundesregierungNeue Praxis
C&ACA Info Type
C&ACA Corporate Type
CDUCDU KievitKievit
CanonDendaNew
Commerzbank AGCommerzbank HeadlineStymie Black
CosmosDirektGeometric Slabserif 703BitstreamLogo
CosmosDirektUnivers CondensedLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
Credit SuisseCredit Suisse Type
DA direktFrutigerLinotypeAdrian FrutigerFliesstext
DA direktLinotype ErgoLinotypeLogo
DAB BankDAB Bank OfficinaOfficina
DHLFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
DHLMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach
DRKHelveticaLinotypeMax Miedinger
DRKArialMonotypePatricia Saunders, Robin Nichols
DSKThe SansLucasFontsLucas de Groot
Delta AirlinesDeltaDalton Magg
Der SpiegelSpiegel SansLucasFontsLucas de GrootFranklin Gothic
Der SpiegelSpiegel SerifLucasFontsLucas de GrootLinotype Rotation
DetaxFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
Deutsche Bahn AGDB Sans CondensedURW++
Deutsche Bahn AGDB SansURW++
Deutsche Bahn AGDB HeadURW++
Deutsche Bahn AGDB NewsURW++
Deutsche Bahn AGDB SerifURW++
Deutsche BankDeutsche Bank UniversUnivers
Deutsche Post AGFrutiger CondensedLinotypeAdrian FrutigerHeadlines
Deutsche Post AGMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach Fliesstext
Deutsche TelekomTeleAntiquaURW++
Deutsche TelekomTeleGroteskURW++
Deutsche TelekomTeleLogoURW++
Deutsche WelleBemboAgfaFrancesco Griffo, A. Tagliente Fliesstext
Deutsche WelleDW InterstateInterstate
Die GrünenCorpus GothicFountainPeter Bruhn
Die Linke/PDSMetaFontFontErik SpiekermannFliesstext
Die WeltFranklin GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
Die WeltExcelsiorLinotypeChauncery H. Griffith Text
Die WeltTimesBQHeadlines
Direct LineGill SansMonotypeEric Gill
Dr. OetkerDr. Oetker TiffanyTiffany
Dänisches BettenlagerFuturaElsner+FlakePaul Renner
E-PlusFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
E-PlusOCR PlusLinotypeAdrian FrutigerOCR F
EnBW AGDINFontFont
ErcoUniversLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
ErcoRotisAgfaOtl Aicher
Eurex (Deutsche Börse AG)SyntaxLinotypeHans Eduard Meier
Ev. JohanneswerkArialMonotypePatricia Saunders, Robin Nichols
Ev. JohanneswerkHelveticaLinotypeMax Miedinger
FC Bayern München AGFCB InterstateInterstate
FSBNews GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
FSBUniversLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
Festo AGMetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
Financial TimesUtopiaMonotype
Financial TimesWalbaumLinotypeJ. E. Walbaum
FordFord ExtendedHelvetica
Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungEighteen
Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungTimes Ten
Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungFAZ FrakturURW++Fette Gotisch
Fraunhofer-GesellschaftFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
Fujitsu Siemens ComputerRotisAgfaOtl Aicher
GE (General Electric Company)GE Inspira
GermanwingsBliss
Gothaer (Versicherung)MetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
Heidelberg GruppeHeidelberg GothicNews Gothic
Heidelberg GruppeHeidelberg AntiquaSwift
HeinekenHeineken Sans
HeinekenHeineken Serif
HenkelSwift
HenkelNeue HelveticaLinotype
HenkelArialMonotypePatricia Saunders, Robin Nichols
HenkelTimes New RomanMonotype
IGEPAIGEPA RaldoURW++
ING DiBaStone Sans
IkeaIkea SansFutura
IkeaIkea SerifNew Century Schoolbook
Industrie- und HandelskammerRotis SansAgfaOtl Aicher
Industrie- und HandelskammerRotis SerifAgfaOtl Aicher
J.M. Voith AGVoith HelveticaHelvetica
JaguarDINFontFont
Jet (Tankstelle)JetSans
Kabel DeutschlandKabel UnitFF Unit
LBSLBS The SansThe Sans
LangenscheidtTrade GothicLinotypeJackson Burke
LekkerlandLL SariFF Sari
Linde AGLinde DaxFF Dax
Linotype Library GmbHUniversLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
LufthansaHelveticaLinotypeMax Miedinger
MINIMINITypeRegularDalton MaagFliesstext
MINIMINITypeHeadlineDalton MaggHeadlines
MazdaBaseTwelve SansHeadlines
MazdaFrutigerLinotypeAdrian FrutigerText
McDonald'sAkzidenz Grotesk
Mecklenburg VorpommernMyriad Pro
Mecklenburg VorpommernLithograph
MediaMarktFranklin GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
MephistoFutura BookElsner+FlakePaul Renner
MercedesCorporate EURW++Kurt Weidemann
MercedesCorporate AURW++Kurt Weidemann
MercedesCorporate SURW++Kurt Weidemann
MitsubishiAlpha Headline
MobilcomNeue Helvetica ExtendedLinotype
Müller (Drogerie)MuellerSchriftGill Sans
Münchner RückUniversLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
N-TVInfo OfficeFontFontErik Spiekermann, Ole Schäfer Laufbänder
NDRNDR Sans
NissanNissanAG
NissanNissan StandardURW++
NiveaNivea Sans
NokiaNokia SansErik Spiekermann
NokiaNokia SerifErik Spiekermann
OBIObi SansElsner+Flake
OpelOpel SansFutura
PAGE (Magazin)GST PoloTypeManufacturGeorg Salden
Paul Hartmann AGFrutiger NextLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
PeugeotGill SansMonotypeEric Gill
PioneerMetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
Plus (Supermarkt)The SansLucasFontsLucas de Groot
PorscheNews GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
PorscheFranklin GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
Postbank AGFrutigerLinotypeAdrian Frutiger
Premiere WorldPremiere GothicFranklin Gothic
PumaPuma PaceDalton Magg
Quelle (Versandhaus)Quelle InterstateInterstate
RBBInterstateFont BureauTobias Frere-Jones
RTL aktuellBank GothicBitstreamMorris Fuller Benton
RWERWE Corporate
RamaRama Typo
RavensburgerThe SansLucasFontsLucas de Groot
RocheMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach
RocheImago
RocheMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach
RocheImago
SPDThe SansLucasFontsLucas de Groot
SaabGill SansMonotypeEric Gill
Sat.1SAT1DigitalSansDigital Sans
SchoolChevin
Schwäbisch Hall AGCharlotte SansThe Sans
ShellFutura LT BoldElsner+FlakePaul Renner
SiemensSiemens SerifURW++
SiemensSiemens SansURW++
SiemensSiemens SlabURW++
SmartSmart CourierCourier
Sparda BankClarendonLinotypeH. Eidenbenz Headlines
Sparda BankITC Officina SansAgfaErik Spiekermann Fliesstext
SparkasseSparkasse LightDalton Magg
SparkasseSparkasse RegularDalton Magg
Stuttgarter ZeitungDTL Argo
Stuttgarter ZeitungGulliver
Süddeutsche ZeitungExcelsiorLinotypeChauncery H. Griffith Text
Süddeutsche ZeitungHelveticaLinotypeMax MiedingerHeadlines
TU DresdenDIN BoldFontFont
TU DresdenUnivers 45LinotypeAdrian Frutiger
TUITuiDalton Magg
Tagesspiegel (Berlin)Franklin GothicLinotypeMorris Fuller Benton
Tagesspiegel (Berlin)PoynterFont BureauFliesstext
Tagesspiegel (Berlin)CalifornianFont BureauFrederic W. Goudy, David Berlow Headlines
TalklineNeue HelveticaLinotypeText
TalklineRockwellMonotypeF. H. Pierpoint Headlines
Taz (Berlin)Taz IIILucasFontsLucas de Groot
Taz (Berlin)TazLucasFontsLucas de Groot
Taz (Berlin)The AntiquaELucasFontsLucas de Groot
Taz (Berlin)TazTextLucasFontsLucas de Groot
TchiboInterstateFont BureauTobias Frere-Jones
TengelmannSyntaxLinotypeHans Eduard Meier
UBSFrutiger 45LinotypeAdrian Frutiger
UBSUBS Headline
UPSUPS Sans
VWUtopiaMonotype
VWVW Headline
VattenfallInterstateFont BureauTobias Frere-Jones
VeluxFuturaElsner+FlakePaul Renner
VobisInterstateFont BureauTobias Frere-Jones
VodafoneVodafone Font FamilyDalton MaggInterFace
VolvoVolvo Broard
WDRMinionAgfaRobert Slimbach
WDRMetaFontFontErik Spiekermann
Wilo AGWilo PlusFF Plus
Xbox 360Convection
XeroxWalbaumLinotypeJ. E. Walbaum
Yello StromYello DINFF DIN
ZDFHandel GothicURW++Logo
ZDFSwiss 721Helvetica
ZF FriedrichshafenZF SerifURW++
ZF FriedrichshafenZF SansURW++
Zeche ZollvereinChevin
comdirectDaxFontFontHans Reichel
dm DrogeriemarktDM CochinCochin
dm DrogeriemarktDM The SansThe Sans
e·onGST PoloTypeManufacturGeorg Salden
kabel einsDIN 1451FontFont
mdr (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk)can you (read me?)
tegut...tegut-SansOfficina Sans
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Henrik Kubel
[A2 Type]

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Hi
[Megi Zumstein]

Hi is the foundry of Swiss type designer Megi Zumstein, b. 1973, together with Claudio Barandun. Megi is the creator of Albis (2005, squarish, Bringolf Irion Vögeli), Dorfbeiz (2009, HI), Idol Stencil (2004, Bringolf Irion Vögeli), V&A-Outline (2003, Graphic Thought Facility). All her typefaces are in the orbit of DIN and VAG Rounded.

House faces include New Elante (2007), Roxy (2008), and Countdown (2008, experimental). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiba Studio
[Hasan Abu Afash]

Arabic typography web site and font foundry established in 2007 by Hasan Abu Afash, an Arab designer living in Gaza/Palestine. Typefaces: HS Almaha (2014: this font combines the features of linear Naskh and modern Kufi), HS Almidad (2014), HS Ishraq (2013), HS Alkitab (2013), HS Albadr (2013), HS Almohandis (2007-2011, Arabic display face), HS Alhandasi (2007 and 2011), Hasan AlQuds family (2004, a display face done with Mamoun Sakkal), Hasan Hiba, Hasan Enas (Arabic text typeface), Hasan Elham (2006, a modern Kufi art deco face), Hasan Ghada (2007-2008, based on modern Kufi calligraphy--first known in 2002 as KactTitle), Hasan Manal (2008, Kufi style), Hasan Aya (2007, Kufi style famaily based on Corel's 1992 face Bedrock), Kouffi Fatemic, Safwat, HS Amal. In 2008, Hasan Hiba and Hasan Noor (a classic squarish Kufi face) were upgraded to the DecoType font format for use in WinSoft Tasmeem which is now bundled with InDesign CS4---thanks to a cooperation with Mirjam Somers. Still with Somers, he upgraded the Basim Marah display face (2008) for Tasmeem. Basim Marah was drawn by Basim Salem Al Mahdi from Iraq and then digitized by Hasan himself. The same year, Hasan developed an OpenType project for Alinma TheSans fonts which are based on TheMix Arabic (designed by Luc(as) de Groot and Mouneer ElShaarani for Al Inma Bank, Saudi Arabia). Later he developed the OpenType features for Jumeirah Arabic which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi (29letters) and Huda AbiFares (Khatt) for Jumeirah International, UAE. He developed the OpenType layout features needed for the Arabic script system in the Seria Arabic fonts family which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi for FontShop International, as well as the Chams fonts family which was designed by Al Mohtaraf Assaudi for the redesign of the Shams Newspaper in Saudi Arabia and the Arajhi fonts for Alrajhi Bank. Since 2002 Hasan has worked and collaborated with Mamoun Sakkal in several projects, such as the Burj Dubai Shilia project, Sakkal Baseet and the Microsoft project which included the updating of the OpenType instructions for fonts such as Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif, Arial, Times New Roman, Segoe, Courier, Time New Roman, Ms Uighur and Majalla UI. In 2009-2010, he cooperated with Parachute to make DIN Text Arabic.

Releases in 2012 include HS Future Sans (with Abdulsamie Rajab Salem), HS Amal, HS Alfaris, HS Al Basim A, and HS Almohandis.

Typefaces from 2013: HS Alwafa, HS Masrawy (a display face done with Abdulsamiea Rajab Salem), HS Elham (Kufi).

Behance link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Highway signage fonts

Discussion of highway signage fonts by John Berry, who reports:

  • FF DIN: a FontShop font. DIN stands for Deutsche Industrie Norm. FF DIN is based on DIN-Mittelschrift, the German Autobahn's typeface. FF DIN is Albert-Jan Pool's reworking of DIN-Mittelschrift.
  • Interstate: a Font Bureau font by Tobias Frere-Jones, based on the US highway system signs. [Personal note: for similar type, see Blue Highway]
  • ClearviewOne: James Montalbano's font for highway signs developed with Don Meeker of Meeker&Associates. In 2002, the USA decided to start using ClearviewHwy for its road signs.
  • ITC Conduit by Mark van Bronkhorst.
I would add to this the extensive family Expressway (2005, Typodermic), which includes Expressway Free (4 free weights). Expressway is in the style of Interstate. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HouseStyle Type

Foundry in the UK, est. 2005, to develop and repair type. Commissioned faces: CWS Script, DIN Display, McDonalds (a face in use by that chain since 1998, based on an idea of Geoff Halpin), The Times (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hugo Cavalheiro d'Alte

Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1975. From 1994-1999 he studied graphic design at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design. In 2000 he became a postgraduate student at the KABK where he wrote a Masters thesis entitled "Type&Media". He joined Underware in the same year. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on On the edge of legibility, which in fact is a talk about blackletter. Affiliated since 2002 with Underware. He lives in Finland. Also doing business at Incubator at Village Type.

Cargo collective link. Link at Underware. Alternate URL: This is playtime.

His typefaces:

  • For Thirstype, he made Kaas (2005), a blackletter face for the 21st century, with Latin, Cyrillic, and Hebrew alphabets.
  • Still in 2009, he created a transitional type, Rolland (+Rolland Text, Rolland Small, Rolland Text Italic), about which he writes: Rolland is a digital interpretation of some of the printing types used at the "Typografia Rollandiana" in Lisbon at the end of the XVIII century. The printing and publishing house was established by Francisco Rolland after he moved to Lisbon (from France) in the second half of the XVIII century becoming one of the most successful publishers of his time.
  • Kalevala (2009): a custom sans type family for Finnish jewelry brand Kalevala Koru. The starting point for this project was a book printed and published by Francisco Rolland in 1797: "Escolha das Melhores Novellas e Contos Moraes; Escritos em Francez por MM, d'Arnaud, Marmontel, Madama de Gomez, e outros".
  • In 2009-2010, he made a DIN-like corporate font for Centro Portugues de Design, CPD Sans. This was accompanied by the CPDSerif family, which evolved from Rolland.
  • In 2009, he created the squarish unicase face Flexibility: Custom typeface commissioned by the portuguese design studio R2 for the identity of an exhibition that took place in Torino (Italy) in 2008 (World Design Capital 2008).
  • Kaas (2005, Incubator) is a modern geometric/constructed blackletter with a historically-accurate set of titling capitals, a large collection of accents, and Cyrillic and Hebrew alphabets.
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Incinerator
[Scott Ulrich]

Scott Ulrich (Incinerator) is the designer of freeware/shareware fonts in 1993: CheapSignage-Standard, CriminalHand, DINGarbageschrift, Distemper, EvilClown, Garbageschrift, Garden, GeekSkinny, Misfortune, SeverelyExtreme, TapeGun, Thickhead.

Alternate URL. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Indra Kupferschmid

German type personality (b. 1973, Fulda) who studied visual communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She is involved in type at the Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig and in the DIN committee for type classification. Founder of Kupferschrift, a type expertise firm based in Weimar and Düsseldorf. Alternate URL. She is a professor of Kommunikationsdesign und Typografie and head of the department FB Design at the HBK (Hochschule der Bildenden Künste) Saar. She researches the classification of typefaces, the history of grotesks and legibility.

She is co-author of Helvetica Forever (Lars Müller Publishers) and Buchstaben kommen selten allein, a typographic reference book.

Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. At the latter meeting she introduces Type Record, a data base on typefaces run by her and Nick Sherman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ingo Krepinsky
[Typonauten]

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Intel
[Dan Rhatigan]

Intel, with the help of Monotype, produced the free sans typeface family Clear Sans in 2013. Another download link. Clear Sans was designed by Daniel Ratighan at Monotype under the direction of the User Experience team at Intel's Open Source Technology Center. Clear Sans is available in three weights (regular, medium, and bold) with corresponding italics, plus light and thin upright (without italics). Clear Sans has minimized, unambiguous characters and slightly narrow proportions.

The Typophile comments are all scathing: some say it is too close to DIN or Transport, too conservative. They also ask how the name can survive given that there are already typefaces named Clear Sans (2013: the infinitely more interesting sans face by Neil Summerour) and Clearview (2004: the famous American road signage typeface family by James Montalbano and Don Meeker)?

Additional download link: CTAN mirror. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivo Grabowitsch: Best of 2010

Ivo Grabowitsch presents the ten best fonts of 2010 and the honorable mentions. Ivo works at FontShop, so there is a bit of a bias towards FSI fonts, but it is still a good list.

  • Eames Century Modern, by Erik van Blokland&House Industries.
  • FF Amman&FF Amman Sans, by Yanone [FontFont].
  • Fakt, by Thomas Thiemich [OurType].
  • Tabac, by Tomas Brousil [Suitcase].
  • Forza, by Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones [HFJ].
  • Lavigne Text, by Ramiro Espinoza [ReType].
  • Tierra Nueva, by Sebastian Nagel [FDI].
  • Dala Floda, by Paul Barnes [Commercial].
  • ITC New Esprit, by Jovica Veljovic [ITC].
  • Liebe Erika, by Ulrike Wilhelm [Liebe Fonts].
His honorable mentions: FF Basic Gothic, by Hannes von Döhren und Livius Dietzel (FontFont). Balduina, by Boudewijn Ietswaart and dem Circulo de Tipografos (Circulo de Tipografos). Calypso E, by Jarno Lukkarila (Typolar). Custodia Pro, by Fred Smeijers (OurType). FF DIN Round, by Albert-Jan Pool (FontFont). MvB Embarcadero, by Mark van Bronkhorst (MvB Fonts). Founders Grotesk, by Kris Sowersby (Klim Type Foundry). Horst, by Ricardo Marcin and Erica Jung (PintassilgoPrints). Ibis, by Cyrus Highsmith (Font Bureau). Lirico Press, by Hendrik Weber (OurType). Margarita, by Alejandro Lo Celso (Pampatype). FF Massive, by Donald Beekman (FontFont). Panno, by Pieter van Rosmalen (Bold Monday). Ode, by Martin Wenzel (MartinPlusFonts). Ratio Display, by Mark Caneso (p.s. type). Sense&Sensibility, by Nick Shinn (ShinnType). FF Suhmo, by Alex Rütten (FontFont). Tiina, by Valentin Brustaux (OurType). MvB Verdigris Pro, by Mark van Bronkhorst (MvB Fonts). 21 Cent, by Yuri Gordon (Letterhead). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jérémie Werner
[Evasion: Ten Best Typefaces of 2008]

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Joao Pedro Jacques
[Type classification systems]

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Jochen Evertz
[Braille DIN]

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Joris Budel
[Versch Ontwerp]

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Julius Klinkhardt
[Julius Klinkhardt Schriftgiesserei]

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Julius Klinkhardt Schriftgiesserei
[Julius Klinkhardt]

Julius Klinkhardt was a type designer who designed faces such as the blackletter font Neue Schwabacher (1922, Berthold). He ran the Julius Klinkhardt Schriftgiesserei in Leipzig in the late 19th century. It was taken over by Berthold in 1920. Their typefaces include Flora Ornamente (1906), Lithographia (1895), Secessions Schriften (1906), Baldur (1903, art nouveau), Britania-Gotisch (1900, also known as Altgotish, and as Kloster Gotisch, and as Mammut Gotisch), Breitkopf Fraktur (just like versions of this face at C.F. Rühl (1912), Stempel (1912) and Berthold (1919)), Rosen Zierat (ca. 1910), Negro (1908), Elvira (1908), Cornelia Einfassung (1908), Hubertus Schmuck (1909), Filigran Ornamente (1910), Doris Ornamente (1917), Stigma Ornamente (1911), Bastard gross (a Kanzlei face with mager and fett versions), Werkschrift Germanisch (ca. 1880), Tango-Cursiv (1914), and Bismarck-Gotisch gross, all digitally revived by Gerhard Helzel. His TipTop (ca. 1900) was digitized under the same name by Petra Heidorn (2004). Tip Top Pro (2008, URW++) is a commercial revival of the same face by Ralph M. Unger.

On EBay, they were selling the specimen book: See here. Their main specimen books are Gesamt-Probe der Schriftgiesserei Julius Klinkhardt in Leipzig und Wien (1885, 690 pages) and Oktav-Probe II (1890, 452 pages). See the cover of an earlier specimen book.

Some type designers:

  • Richard Grimm-Sachsenberg: Grimm-Antiqua und Schmuck (1914), Neue römische Antiqua (1907), Saxonia (1907), magere römische Antiqua (1912).
  • Heinz König: Rundine (1913).
  • Hermann Delitsch: Ramses (1912, an Antiqua face), Delitsch-Kanzlei (1903), Delitsch Antiqua (1911).
  • Julius Nitsche: Unger Fraktur (1910; Wetzig says 1907), Neudeutsche Ornamente (1911), Buchschmuck (1905), Akzidenz-Zierat (1905).
  • Remarkable faces: Schmale Runde Grotesk (1885, a forerunner of DIN?).
  • Gadso Weiland: Toscana Schriften und Schmuck (1908).

Examples from their catalog from 1890: Fette Universal, Garnitur XII and XIII, Garnitur XIV, Kurrentschrift, Verzierte Merkur Kanzlei, and Neue Cursiv Zierschrift, Antika and Italia Grotesk Versalien, drawing of a boudoir, Enge Egyptienne, Fette Cursiv, Fraktur, Halbfette Fraktur, Holz Schriften (wood type), more wood type, drawing of horses, Moderne Fette Fraktur, monograms, Neue Fette Fraktur and Victoria Gotisch, Neue Fette Fraktur, Neue Schmale Fette Egyptienne, Romanische Gotisch, Rundschrift Polytypen, Schmale Antiqua, Schmale Fraktur, Schmale Halbfette Grotesk, Schwabacher, Silhouette Initialen, Stickmuster Typen, vignetten, more vignetten, Zierschriften, more Zierschriften, Zweifarben-Schriften. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julius Wiescher
[Authentic]

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Justin Bost

Justin Bost (Washington, DC) graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, with a degree in Graphic Design. He morphed DIN and Didot together, two genetically incompatible parents, and created the mutant face Balance (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karl Petter Sandbæk

Designer of the lettering for traffic signs in Norway, called Trafikkalfabet (1965). This was digitized in 2006 by Jacob Øvergaard. Examples here and here. In the last link, Ralf Herrmann explains the flaws: It bears a resemblance to the German DIN typeface, but it also has some unique features, some of them are good, some are bad. Both typefaces share a very simple geometric design and they are good examples of typefaces, that look like they were made on the drawing-board of an engineer rather than designed by a type designer. [...] A type designers knows how to optically adjust geometrical shapes to make them look right. The tip of the M needs to go below the baseline and the dot of the i needs to be wider than the stem. But the design of the Trafikkalfabetet typeface rather aims at consistent values. As a result, the dot of the i is way too small, especially for a typeface that should be legible at great distance. The spacing of the typeface has the similar problems. Uniform values for left and right sidebearings cannot create uniform spacing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katiuscia Mari
[Fresko Design]

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Klavika

Eric Olson's sans family Klavika (2004) has many followers. Yves Peters writes: Klavika is a versatile workhorse typeface. Despite its clean design, it manages to retain a certain warmth and openness. The roman sports a lovely lowercase a, a cute little alternate ampersand, and one of the most beautiful lowercase g's I have seen in this type of design. The fact that it is released as fat OpenType is just icing on the cake and gives the competition a serious run for its money. Eric Olson explains: I was a little reluctant about the face for several months and even shelved it completely at one point. Anytime you apply some amount of simple geometry (in this case, straight sides) to a face the chances for stylistic overlap become great. Faces like DIN, Sophisto, Bell Gothic etc. have straight sides so the push to differentiate from them was tough. In the end I just forgot about it and tried to make an open, solid and logical typeface. Hopefully something flexible and rugged. Similar faces, as listed by Stephen Coles:

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Kostic Type Foundry
[Zoran Kostic]

The Kostic Type Foundry (est. 2010) is located in Belgrade, Serbia. It is a small private foundry, run by Zoran Kostic and his son and Nikola. Zoran (b. Belgrade, 1947) graduated from the Faculty of Geodesy of Belgrade University and completed post graduate studies of photogrammetry at ITC Enshede, The Netherlands. He started out as a programmer for geodesy and photogrammetry, and then opened a DTP studio in Yugoslavia in 1987. In 1987, out of necessity, he designed a PostScript Cyrillic font in type 3.

He cyrillicized many Latin faces: AvangardaCyr (Avantgarde), DINGraverCyr (DINEngshrift), ErazmoCyr (Eras), FuturCyr (Futura), FuturCyrCond (Futura Condensed), GilesCyr (GillSans), HelvetiaCyr (Helvetica), HelvetiaCyrCond (Helvetica Condensed), LitografCyr (Lithos), LubalinCyr (LubalinGraf), MasinaCyr (Industria).

He also made these original typefaces: DesignerRound (Cyrillic and Roman), Resavac, KosticSans (Cyrillic and Roman), KosticSerif (Cyrillic and Roman), Sketch (Cyrillic and Roman), Oktoih. Oktoih is one of the few fonts that reproduce the earlist Slavonic printings.

Designs at Linotype: Linotype SimpleSquare (Cyrillic and Roman) and Linotype DesignerSquare (Cyrillic and Roman), as well as Lapidary Capitals (2005, roman capitals), WhySquare (2004) and JustSquare (2004). The Square series, 56 weights in all, were designed during the Serbian war in 1999. So was the monoline geometric sans family Designer RD (1999).

In cooperation with the Belgrade typographer Djordje Zivkovic who designed them, he made FlahScript, Garamond, LepiScript, Manasija, Naisus, Ravanica, Traian.

Finally, he published "HilandarskiUstav", which was reconstructed on the basis of handwriting gospels "Cetvorojevandjelje of Patriarh Sava IV", found at the Monastery Chilandarios, Mount Athos, in the 14 century. It is a font with 4.356 glyphs and symbols. Old URL.

He made the Old Slavic scripts Monah (6.400 characters), Glagoljica and Gradjanica.

He codesigned the Old Slavonic simulation face Taurunum with Nikola Kostic in 2011. Batke (2011) is a rounded sans family. Kostic Serif (2012) is a classical transitional family codesigned by Nikola and Zoran.

Behance link. Klingspor link. Fontspring link.

View the Kostic Foundry typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lettersoup
[Botio Nikoltchev]

Also written Botjo Nikoltchev, b. 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria. Botio studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (Primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.

Creator of the free font Ropa Sans (2012, Google Web Fonts). The typeface is in DIN's circle of friends.

Sofadi One is a scriptish font that is free at Google Web Fonts.

Share Tech Mono (2012, Google Web Fonts) is a monospaced sans face. Share Tech (2012, Google Web Fonts) is its proportional version. Both are derived from Share (2012, Google Web Fonts). He helped with the Greek and Cyrillic portions of FF Meta Serif.

Corporate fonts by Botio include MMH Netrange Cyrillic + Greek + Arabic, Cisco, Meta Science and Exploratorium Sans. He designed the icons for Museo de Art de Ponce.

In 2014, Botio designed the humanistic sans typeface family PTL Manohara (Primetype) for Latin and Cyrillic.

FontShop link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lourdes Garcia Traverso

Graphic designer in Buenos Aires, who made a nice DIN poster (2010) and is working on a script face (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludwig Goller

Engineer at Siemens who developed the raster specifications for DIN 1451 in 1926-1927. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magwerk

Encore magazine. In issues 13 through 18, we find articles by Albert-Jan Pool on the history of DIN typefaces and in particular, FF DIN. Annoying background noise when this site is open. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marian Steinbach

German designer of DIN Schablonierschrift (1997, stencil). Free, but uppercase only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marko Maljkovic

Split, Croatia-based designer of Pynkei DIN (2006, handwriting). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mathias Vandenbempt

Graphic design student in Hasselt, Belgium, who was inspired by a World War I monument when he created the typeface 1948 (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts).

He designed the DIN-like corporate typeface Belgie (2012) for Kunstencentrum Belgie, which is based on Bebas. Diano (2012) is a blackletter typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matjaz Tomazic

Ljubljana, Slovenia-based designer of a Bauhaus/DIN style font (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Anderson

Climate activist and lead designer for 350.org. His abridged CV in his own words: Born in Columbus, Ohio. Played with Legos. Loved to draw. Played drums in a high school band. Started messing around in Photoshop. Became a vegetarian. Studied green architecture at Western. Discovered that making posters and websites was more fun than building models. Moved to Washington DC to intern at Free Range. Moved to San Francisco to work for 350. Made some good friends. Ate too many burritos. Moved to Brooklyn for the hell of it.

In 2014, Matthew created the free sans typeface family Klima for the climate movement: Klima is my version of a more relaxed DIN: slightly wider, with a similar geometric foundation but more plainspoken. In three weights with obliques, free for non-commercial, non-climate denial use. It is exquisite and quite good, except perhaps that the italics are just obliques (slanted romans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maurice Van de Stouwe

Dutch graphic designer student (b. 1982) who is based in Zwolle. He no longer makes type. His typefaces:

  • Squirrel (2003, Union Fonts): a sans font that used to be free, and that was discussed here.
  • A DIN Regular style face (2003).
  • Soupertrouper (2004).
  • YTunc03 (2003, ultra fat artsy).
  • Illegal Edding (2006, graffiti font).
  • Maurits (2004, sans).
  • Escapé (2004, sans).
  • Funkyplain (2002, pixel simulation font).

Defunct Dafont link. Defunct URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Megi Zumstein
[Hi]

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Michel & Michel

Graphic designers in Paris. Behance link.

Creators of a type family in 2007 called DIN Interpretation, which comes with a stencil style. Before that, they created PacBit (2009, pixel font), BlaBla (2003, a script typeface for comic books), Empowered (2009, a comic book family for the series BD Empowered), SamSam (2007, handprinted), Crush (2006, pixelish), Blake & Mortimer (2008, based on the comic books series by E.P. Jacobs entitled Blake & Mortimer), and Caron (2006, a geometric sans family created for the Croulay vineyard). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miriam Sørli Onarheim

Graphic Design graduate of Solent University in Southampton, UK, who lives and works in Bergen, Norway. Her experimental typeface Mir Sans (2012 and 2013, vol. 1 and 2) is based on DIN.

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MoMA 2011

A rather puzzling news item reached us in January 2011---the MoMA in New York has acquired 23 digital typefaces for its collection. I wonder how one acquires a typeface? Is there only one original? The typefaces were chosen with a foresight of the scope of the digital revolution, and they all significantly respond to the technological advancements occurring in the second half of the twentieth century. Each is a milestone in the history of typography. One can easily set up a web site that shows those 23 fonts, so what is the point of all this? The 23 acquired typefaces are:

  • American Type Founders: OCR-A (1966)
  • Wim Crouwel: New Alphabet (1967)
  • Matthew Carter: Bell Centennial (1976-78)
  • Matthew Carter:ITC Galliard (1978)
  • Erik Spiekermann: FF Meta (1984-1991)
  • Zuzana Licko: Oakland (1985)
  • Jeffery Keedy: Keedy Sans (1991)
  • Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum: FF Beowolf (1990)
  • Barry Deck: Template Gothic (1990)
  • P. Scott Makela: Dead History (1990)
  • Jonathan Hoefler: HTF Didot (1991)
  • Neville Brody: FF Blur (1992)
  • Jonathan Barnbrook: Mason (1992)
  • Matthew Carter: Mantinia (1993)
  • Tobias Frere-Jones: Interstate (1993-95)
  • Matthew Carter: Big Caslon (1994)
  • Albert-Jan Pool: FF DIN (1995)
  • Matthew Carter: Walker (1995)
  • Matthew Carter: Verdana (1996) [image by Offeibea Adu-Darko]
  • Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones: Mercury (1996)
  • Matthew Carter: Miller (1997)
  • Jonathan Hoefler&Tobias Frere-Jones: Retina (1999)
  • Tobias Frere-Jones and Jesse Ragan: Gotham (2000)
There are obvious biases here towards certain designers. The destructionist era of Brody and Emigre is overrepresented, and Zapf and Frutiger are underrepresented. This is not meant to be a list of best fonts, only those that had a technological design element, but then why is Monaco not there? And if impact is at least a partial criterion, why is Helvetica missing? Also interesting to note that about 50% of the faces in the list are interpretations of older designs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson
[Christopher Widdowson]

Christopher Widdowson lists, shows, and compares these monospaced fonts for shoeing computer code:

  • Andale Mono - Version 2.00 (Agfa, Microschoft, Ascender)
  • Bitstream Vera Sans Mono (Bitstream, Gnome)
  • Consolas (Microschoft)
  • Courier New (Microschoft)
  • Crisp (Proggy Fonts)
  • DIN Schablonierschrift (sendung.de)
  • DPCustomMono2 (Distributed Proofreaders)
  • FigurineCrrCB (comes with ChessBase)
  • Futurist Fixed-width (WSI)
  • HellasCour (Pouliadis Associates)
  • HyperFont (Hilgraeve Inc)
  • Publisher Hilgraeve Inc
  • TR Larabiefont Bold (FontShop Sherlock)
  • Letter Gothic (WSI)
  • Letter Gothic MT (Monotype)
  • Lucida Console (Bigelow&Holmes)
  • Lucida Sans Typewriter (Bigelow&Holmes)
  • Monospac821 BT (Bitstream)
  • MS Mincho (Ricoh, Microsoft)
  • OCR A Extended (WSI)
  • Orator10 BT (Bitstream)
  • Prestige (IBM)
  • SImPL (Amadeus Information Systems)
  • Ti92Pluspc (Texas Instruments)
  • VerdanaMono
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Monotype Web Font Awards

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. is accepting entries through Nov. 7, 2010 for the first Web Font Awards, an international competition designed to recognize web sites that incorporate exceptional use of Web fonts. Prizes include two $3,000 cash awards, Apple iPad mobile digital devices and various typeface offerings from Monotype Imaging. Winning entries will be determined at a live judging event on Nov. 16, 2010, during the Future of Web Design conference, Nov. 15-17, in New York City. Winning entries of the Webfont Awards, in order: (1) The fifth issue of the German design magazine, Design Made in Germany, set in FF DIN, and designed by Martin Rack, (2) Armin Vit's Quipsologies, a division of UnderConsideration, uses Typekit fonts, (3) The German real estate database Markert Immobilien, which uses DIN Web Pro.

A brief post mortem: This contest was all about web page design---it had nothing to do with type design. I will not report on similar contests in the future. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Montse Galbany

Graphic designer in Barcelona, who created the grotesque face Panamericana (2012) for information signage. It is based on DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morten Krogstad

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Thomas Thiis-Evensen, Per Jæger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: DIN

Most relevant typefaces at MyFonts for the keyword DIN. View a longer list of DIN fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Namrata Goyal

For a study project, Namrata Goyal (Bangalore, India) created a DIN-like sans typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nate Halley
[Total Font Geek]

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neobarocco

Type designer who is working on a DIN-style typeface called DIN 6776 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Cottrell

Designer and art director from San Diego, CA, who studied at San Diego State University. Working on this display sans face (2006) and on Stitch Gothic (2006, sans). This other display sans (2006) is a large family that competes with DIN, Franklin Gothic (slightly) and Interstate. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicolai Gogoll

Designer at Bitstream of the Drescher Grotesk family (2001-2002), a geometric design named after Arno Drescher, which consists of Drescher Grotesk Light, Book, Roman and Demi. He was awarded the 1999 Kurt Christians Award for his Super (Drescher) Grotesk revival, Drescher Grotesk BT.

He is working on Klartext 128, a barcode font with 46 weights, the display face Kreiss and FF DIN Italic (with Albert-Jan Pool).

Gogoll was born in Hamburg where he studied type design with Jovica Veljovic at the Fachhochschule Hamburg. He is a freelance graphic designer since 1997.

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Nikiforos Kollaros

Athens, Greece-based designer of Ancor Pro (2010), a face in which some Bezier sections were removed in DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NoFont
[Andreas Carlsson]

Nofont is an absolutely wonderful Swedish type experiment page with many pixel fonts. The free fonts by Solna, Sweden-based Andreas Carlsson include Artek-BloxFilledTwiggy (1998, pixel font), Artek-BloxFilled, Artek-BloxTwiggy, Artek-Blox, Artek-OutlineTwiggy, Artek-Outline, Artek-Regular, Artek-Twiggy, ChemicalBreakfast-Normal, ChemicalBreakfast-Outline (1999), CWebLarge (2000, pixel font), CWebSmall, Ihateyou (2000), MWeb (pixel font), Positions-AttheMovies (abstract forms). Commercial fonts: DIN Cafe, Megafat (pixel font), NoInitials (caps). Experimental/futuristic fonts: Distribution, Intershitty, Sentenced, Tube, Klum, Click Megafat. Dingbats: I Hate You, Positions. It seems the fonts are no longer available for distribution.

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OCR A: Wikipedia

Quoting: In the early days of computer optical character recognition, there was a need for a font that could be recognized by the computers of that day, and by humans. The resulting compromise was the OCR-A font, which used simple, thick strokes to form recognizable characters. The font is monospaced (fixed-width), with the printer required to place glyphs 0.254 cm (0.10 inch) apart, and the reader required to accept any spacing between 0.2286 cm (0.09 inch) and 0.4572 cm (0.18 inch). The OCR-A font was standardized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as X3.4-1977. X3.4 has since become the INCITS and the OCR-A standard is now called ISO 1073-1:1976. There is also a German standard for OCR-A called DIN 66008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A

In 1968, American Type Founders produced OCR-A, one of the first optical character recognition typefaces to meet the criteria set by the U.S. Bureau of Standards. The design is simple so that it can be read by a machine, but it is slightly more difficult for the human eye to read. OCR-A follows the 1981 standard set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), X-3.17-1981 (size I). The same design is also specified for the German DIN 66008 standard. The letters are rounded and octagonal, a true monstrosity in vogue ca. 2001 in Swiss and German graphic design circles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Open DIN

A project started by Open source supporters in Belgium (Pierre Huyghebaert, Harrisson, Philip May, Nicolas Maleve and Femke Snelting) and executed by Paulo Silva in Portugal in the form of the free typeface OpenDinSchriftenEngshrift (2009), which is based on the master drawing of DIN for the Prussian Railways.

They state: In the coming year, we will be working on a new digital rendering of the classic DIN font with the aim to release it in the public domain. We chose DIN (often referred to as "the German Autobahn typeface") as a starting point for a few reasons. First of all, because it is one of the rare typefaces that was released into the public domain from the moment it was designed in 1932. While the original drawings remain freely available, various type foundries have copyrighted digital renderings (such as FontShop's FF DIN). Secondly because its particular history brings up many questions about standards, their political implications and relations to use. In 1936 the German Standard Committee decided DIN should be employed in technology, traffic, administration, and business, with the idea to facilitate the development of German engineering and industry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)
[Harrisson]

Free software project based in Belgium and run by four people (and I quote from their web page):

  • Harrisson: Graphic designer and typographer, based in Liege and Brussels. Started to use as much Open Source software as possible on his Macintosh, as part of a research project The Tomorrow Book at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.
  • Pierre Huyghebaert: Exploring for eighteen years several practices around graphic design, he currently drives his own studio Speculoos. Interested to use free sofware to re-learn to work in others way and collaboratively on cartography, type design, web interface, schematic illustration, teaching and book design.
  • Nicolas Malevé: Systems- and software developer from Brussels with a long interest in the politics and practice of software. Uses Linux since 1998 and makes publishing- and distribution systems for collaborative work.
  • Femke Snelting: Graphic designer and artist based in Brussels. Most of her current work is for the web. Recently switched to Linux after using Apple Macintosh for more than ten years.
Alternate URL. They also describe interesting autotrace software included in Inkscape and UNIX batch tools for good autotracing of images. Designers of free fonts:
  • Alfphabet (2009). Based on the Belgian road signage system in use from 1945-1975. It came from Minneapolis to Brussels with 3M.
  • Broodthaers.
  • Cimatics (2009). Totally experimental. This font was designed in July 2009, for the graphic identity of Cimatics A\V Platform. It gathers glyphs from FreeSerif, FreeSerifItalic, DejaVuSans, DejaVuSerif, the OSP_frog mascot, the Cimatics two piece heart, a baronchon_palm_tree from Open Clip Art Library and private use dingbats drawn for Cimatics (Cimatics_scare_eye, white_pentagon).
  • Crickx. A digital reinterpretation of a set of adhesive letters.
  • Distilled Spirit and Whisky Jazz. In September 2009, Harrisson and Jean Baptiste Parre from LPDME remixed URW Gothic (Avant Garde) and published the free fonts Distilled Spirit and Whisky Jazz.
  • DLF. DLF stands for Dingbats Liberation Fest.
  • Libertinage. In August 2008, Harrisson designed 26 variations on Philipp H. Poll's 2006 font Libertine, and called the new family Libertinage. It covers Greek, Latin and Cyrillic.
  • Limousine. This font was made for a poster to support nine people accused of "criminal association for the purposes of terrorist activity". They were arrested the 11th of November 2008, in France. They and others are the victims of a witch-hunt where the word "terrorism" was applied to any idea or practice which challenges the status quo. An international movement is emerging in their support. For the poster, we re-mixed an open font, the Free Sans from Free UCS Outline Fonts.
  • Logisoso. Logisoso is a reinterpretation of the Delhaize logo lettering.
  • NotCourierSans. NotCourierSans is a reinterpretation of Nimbus Mono and was designed in Wroclaw at the occasion of Linux Graphics Meeting (LGM 2008). We took Nimbus as the base of the design. We proceeded to remove the serifs with raw cuts. We did not soften the edges. We are not here to be polite.
  • OSP-DIN (2009). The first cut of OSP-DIN was drawn for the festival Cinema du réel.
  • Polsku Regula (2010). Polsku Regula is inspired by polish signage, street signs and shop windows lettering.
  • Reglo (2011) was used for the new identity of Radio Panik.
  • Sans Guilt (2011). The three Sans Guilt fonts have been produced during "Read The Fucking Manual", an OSP workshop at Deparment 21 (Royal College of Art), using Gimp, Fonzie and Fontforge. They are different versions of Gill Sans based on three different sources. Sans Guilt MB: based on a rasterized pdf made with the Monotype Gill Sans delivered with Mac OSX. Sans Guilt DB: Based on early sketches by Eric Gill Sans Guilt LB: Based on lead type from Royal College of Arts letterpress workshop.
  • Univers Else (2010-2012). A geometric sans, about which they write: Univers Else is an experiment, a first attempt to escape the post ’80 era of geometrical purity that is so typical of Postscript vector based font drawing. The shapes of Univers Else were obtained from scanning printed textpages that were optically composed by cheap phototypesetting machines in the sixties and seventies. Some of Univers Else beautiful features are: round angles, floating baselines, erratic kerning. More precisely in this case, George Maciunas of the Fluxus group used an IBM composer (probably a Selectric typewriter) for most of his own work, and as a former designer, for all Fluxus work. In the 1988 book Fluxus Codex, kindly given to Pierre Huyghebaert by Sylvie Eyberg, the body text is typeset in a charmingly rounded and dancing Univers that seems to smile playfully at its dry swiss creator. Different scans were assembled by Grégoire Vigneron following different grids. These huge bitmaps were processed with appropriate potrace settings by the Fonzie software* through a .ufo font format as a working format, and an OpenType as output. Some testing and fine-tuning was done by Pierre Marchand, Delphine Platteeuw and Pierre Huyghebaert in FontForge and the font was ready, in a finished state enough to typeset the book. The oblique versions was simply slanted on the fly.
  • VJ12 (2009).
  • W Droge. In 2008, they ran a workshop in Wroclaw, Poland, to design a font in a day with the free tools Inkscape, Gimp and FontForge---called W Droge. It was based on Polish traffic signs. Cooperation with Dave Crossland, Alexandre Prokoudine and Nicolas Spalinger.
  • Le Patin Helvète (2012) is a slab face derived from Nimbus L. It covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew.
  • Mill (2012) is an architectural style face that has been created for engraving building instructions into the wood of a bench.
  • Sans Guilt Wafer (2012) is described by OSP as follows: Gill Sans eats a Gaufrette.
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Panos Vassiliou
[Parachute]

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Parachute
[Panos Vassiliou]

Athens-based Greek typefoundry started in 1999-2001 by Panos Vassiliou. Their fonts cover Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Panos Vassiliou has conducted numerous seminars for Canadian companies such as Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank and Sony Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto/Canada, where he studied Applied Science and Engineering. He has been Creative Director for the Canadian design firm AdHaus, former Publisher of the monthly magazine DNA (Greece) and Secretary-General for the Hellenic Canadian Congress (Ontario, Canada). He has been designing typefaces since 1993, including commercial fonts as well as commissions from Vodafone, Nestlé, Ikea and National Geographic. He started Parachute in 1999 setting the base for a typeface library that reflected the works of some of the best contemporary Greek designers, as well as creatives around the world obsessed with type.

Myfonts link. Behance link.

Other type designers at Parachute include Kanella Arapoglou, Alexandros Papalexis, Dimitris Foussekis, Aggeliki Skandalelli, Helen Gabara, Babis Touglis, Vangelis Karageorgos, George Toumbalis, Eva Karapidaki, Charis Tsevis, Pavlos Levendellis, Panos Vassiliou, and George Lygas.

At Granshan 2010, Vassiliou won Second Prize in the Greek text face category for PF Encore Sans POro, and First and Second Prizes in the display typeface category for PF Regal Pro and PF Champion Script Pro, respectively. Typefaces:

  • Adamant
  • PFAgora Pro: Agora Sans, AgoraSerif, AgoraSlab.
  • Amateur
  • PF Archive Pro (2004). He received a design award for his typeface Archive at the E AWARDS 2004. It has special typographic features and multilingual support for all European languages including Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Armonia
  • Astrobats
  • Bague Sans (2014). A geometric grotesk that dares to be different. Accompanied by Bague Slab Pro (2014).
  • Baseline
  • Beatnick
  • Beau Sans (2011). Inspired by Bernhard Gothic.
  • PF Benchmark (2014).
  • Bodoni Script (2009).
  • Bulletin Sans (2000-2005)
  • Centro (Sans, Serif, Slab). PF Centro Pro family (Sans, Serif, Slab, a trillion styles) won an European Design Award in May 2008 in Stockholm and at Paratype K2009.
  • PFChampion Script Pro (2004-2008). A much lauded connected calligraphic script that is based on a calligraphic script by Joseph Champion, 1709-1765. Winner at Paratype K2009 and Granshan 2010. Images: i, ii iii, iv, v. The 4245-glyph family comprises Cyrillic, Latin and Greek subfamilies.
  • Cosmonut (sic) (2002). A retro futuristoc face made by Dimitris Foussekis.
  • PF Das Grotesk Pro (2014). Panos writes: Das Grotesk was inspired by earlier nineteenth-century grotesques, but it is much more related to American gothic designs such as those by M.F. Benton.
  • DaVinciScript (2001-2006). A Treefrog-style script face by Vassiliou and Dimitris Foussekis.
  • PF DIN (2010): PF DIN Display (2002-2005), PF DIN Mono, PF DIN Stencil, and DIN Text, PF DIN Text Condensed, PF DIN Text Compressed, DIN Text Arabic, DIN Text Universal. With Latin, Cyrillic and Greek coverage, each font has about 1300 glyphs. The designs go back to the the lettering of the Prussian railways around 1900. In 2013, PF Din Text Pro was published.
  • Eco Park. A 3d outline face.
  • PF Encore Sans (2009). A rich and versatile sans family supporting Greek, Latin and Cyrillic.
  • PF Fuel Pro
  • PF Fusion Sans (1996-2006)
  • PF Garamond Classic.
  • PF Goudy Intials and PF Goudy Ornaments. A winner at Paratype K2009.
  • PF Handbook (2005-2007, sans family)
  • HausSquare
  • HellenicaSerif. Chiseled look, Greek simulation face.
  • HighwaySans
  • House Square. A Bank Gothic lookalike.
  • PF Isotext (2005). Meant for technical documentation, it is modeled after Isonorm.
  • Kids, KidsStuff
  • Libera
  • Lindemann and PF Lindemann Sans (2012).
  • Mechanica A and B, 2002-2006. Octagonal families.
  • PF Monumenta (2002-2006). A majestic lapidary roman family.
  • Muse
  • Online (One, Two and Three). Pixelish family.
  • PF Ornamental Treasures (2008). Byzantine ornaments and borders.
  • PF Pixelscript
  • Playskool
  • Psychedelia (2003, Dimitris Foussekis). A psychedelic typeface.
  • Regal Pro and Regal Finesse Pro: Award-winning high fashion display didone families, 2010-2012, originally designed for the Grazia magazine. Awards include Red Dot Awrd 2012, Communication Arts Annual Competition 2012, Creative Review Type Annual 2011, European Design awards 2011, EBGE awards 2011, Granshan Awards 2010.
  • PF Reminder Pro (2003). A hand-printed typeface.
  • Scandal
  • PF Square Sans Pro, PF Square Sans Condensed Pro (2013).
  • PF Stamps (2002-2006). A grungy stencil face by Panos Vassiliou and George Lygas.
  • PF Synch Pro (2006). An industrial strength slab-serif typeface.
  • PF Uniform
  • VideoText
  • PF Wonderbats (2003). Funky and strange animals.
  • Wonderland (2006). By Dimitris Foussekis.

Their type blog is called Upscale typography.

Catalog. View all typefaces designed by Parachute.

Klingspor link. MyFonts interview. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Paulo Silva

Portuguese type designer in Porto, b. 1972, who created NewBodonesque (2004-2005) as part of Pedro Amado's Typeforge open source font project. Creator of Gentesque (2009), an Open Font Library family based on a scan of the Gentium family. Aka Nitrofurano.

In 2009, he and others started work on OpenDinSchriftenEngshrift, an open source typeface that is as close as possible to the original DIN font done for the Prussian Railways. It was made with open source tools such as Inkscape and FontForge.

In 2014, he published Cyrillic versions of Not Courier Sans (2008, Ludivine Loiseau).

One download site. And another one. Kernest link. Behance link. Old Typeforge link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Per Jæger

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Thomas Thiis-Evensen, Morten Krogstad [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Wiegel
[CAT Design Wolgast]

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Phil's Fonts Top 25 Sellers in 2006

Here we go, in order: Freigh Text, Helvetica Condensed, Freight Sans, Helverica, Modus, Akzidenz-Grotesk, Metroflex Uni, Meta 1, Son Gothic, FF DIN, Bauer Text Initials, Interstate, District, Freight Micro, Mockingbird, Frutiger, Cezanne Pro, Clarice, Zapfino, Meta 2, Fono, Metroflex Narrow, Futura, The Sans Basic, Akzidenz-Grotesk Condensed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rasmus Lund Mathisen

Prolific Danish type designer who lives in Copenhagen. At the School of Design of KAKD (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), he obtained a BA (2008-2011) and will obtain an MA (2011-2014).

His typefaces include:

  • Nima. A free slab serif.
  • Beika, Beika Leika. Free sans family.
  • Bila. An angular German expressionist typeface.
  • Dada. A stencil face.
  • Enno. A lava lamp typeface.
  • Cela.
  • OLEW. A DIN-like technical typeface.
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Ray Larabie
[Ray Larabie's classification]

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Ray Larabie's classification
[Ray Larabie]

Ray Larabie is upset with the lack of relevance of older type classification systems. There is not enough variation for the display, sans and decorative styles that are being produced nowadays. His classification proposal made in October 2011 [all comments are his]:

  • Old sans: Franklin Gothic and other sans with an ancient flavor.
  • Geo-classical: Futura, Gill, Bernhard Gothic.
  • Helveticas: Arial, and hundreds of other mid-century neutrals.
  • Frutigers: Museo Sans, Verdana.
  • Humanist sans: Easy. If the baseline is straight, it ain't humanist. Most of what I see categorized as humanist are just Franklins.
  • Geo-gothic: Avant Garde.
  • Square Sans: EF Digital, Bank Gothic, Chimes.
  • Superelliptical: Microgramma, Eurostile.
  • Brush Sans: Flash, Balloon.
  • Technical: DIN, Highway Gothic, stencils, elevator buttons, template lettering, labels and other "ugly" lettering.
  • Pixel: early computing retro, including segmented LED.
  • MICR: Data 70.
  • Rounded Sans: V.A.G., Arial Rounded.
  • Compacta: Impact, Helv Inserat.
  • Industrial slabs: Memphis, Museo.
  • Stops: Stop and similar minimalist variants produced in the 70's and 80's. I didn't think it was a category until I moved to Japan. Bored font historians looking for a subject should try tracking Stop's influence on car emblems, videogames, graffiti and the circa 1990 4k demo scene.
  • Geo slabs: Lubalin Graph.
  • Structured scripts: Magneto, Deftone Stylus.
  • Scripts: boo.
  • Decorative: Actually decorative. Fonts that look like fire or chrome etc. It's often used as a catch-all category by the ancient ones.
  • Misc: a better name for a catch-all category.
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Retailbannersplus

DIN font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Reviled Fonts

Joe Clark's article on reviled fonts, with selections of hated or poorly designed fonts offered by typographers. The list has Fago, Reiner Script, Rotis (hated by Unger), Helvetica, Chicago, DIN (hated by Porchez), Arial and Souvenir. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Diaz Granados
[Stereo Type Haus]

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Roger S. Nelsson
[CheapProfonts]

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Russell Bean
[Type Associates]

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Samuel Willger

Student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Creator of the display face Strike (2012), which was designed on the basis of DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sandra Winter

Sandra Winter is a German font designer and graphic artist based in Frankfurt am Main. After training in advertising, she studied Communication Design in Darmstadt, and type design at the University of Reading (where she graduated with an MA in 2006). She works now at Linotype, Germany, and as a freelance designer.

Creator of Filia Latin, Filia Greek and Filia Italic (2006) as part of her thesis project. Typedia link.

In 2009, while at Linotype with Akira Kobayashi, she worked on DIN Next, a typeface family inspired by the classic industrial German engineering designs, DIN 1451 Engschrift and Mittelschrift. It was published at Linotype as DIN Next Pro.

In 2012, Sandra Winter and Akira Kobayashi published Avenir Next Rounded. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sans faces at FontShop

Classic (mostly sans) faces at FontShop: FF Meta® is one of these — and the recent launch of headline and ultralight styles breathe new life into the Erik Spiekermann masterpiece. Other classics that look great on screen include Avenir, FF Dax®, Interstate, FF DIN®, and the Thesis Series (TheSans®, TheSerif®, and TheMix®). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sans serif classification

Several groups are generally distinguished:

  • Grotesque or Grotesk: These are the early sans-serif designs, but also include the 20th century work horses, Helvetica and Univers. Among the earlier ones, we list Akzidenz Grotesk, Bureau Grot, Grotesque, Franklin Gothic and Royal Gothic. The latter faces are sometimes classified as Gothic (two-story lowercase g, angled strokes on C and S).
  • Humanist sans such as Johnston, Gill Sans, Frutiger and its copy, Myriad. These faces are alive with variations in width and calligraphic influences. Some appreciate them for beauty, others for legibility.
  • Geometric sans: These typefaces are pregnant with geometric shapes, and are in some (most) cases less legible. On the other hand, they are more effective on posters and headlines. The main families in this category include Renner's Futura, and Lubalin's ITC Avant Garde. Other styles include Gotham, Spartan and Century Gothic.
  • Neo-grotesque, transitional or realist: These are modern sans faces, often rather dull with little variation in line widths and lacking any extravagant features. Arial, Standard and Bell Centennial are in this group.
  • Square Gothic, in the style of Bank Gothic: low contrast faces with straight lines and curved or rounded corners. Macho look.
In the DIN 16518 German classification, all sans faces are globbed together under the name Gruppe VI: Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarp Sozdinler

Graphic design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Before that, he was art director in his native Turkey (b. Izmir, 1989), where he studied computer engineering at Bahcesehir University. Behance link.

Creator of the 3-weight type family Bled (2012), which has some rounded cornes and feels like a distant relative of DIN. A lot of design thought went into this typeface. We are promised a free download soon.

Creator of the octagonal typeface family Tarnated (2012), which is based on vintage lettering by American artist Ed Ruscha. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Schrift der Eurokennzeichen

About the type used on German license plates. FE-Schrift by Karlgeorg Hoefer (1914-2000) replaces the older DIN-Schrift. FE Schrift is based on the letterforms of a little known typographer (the article does not say who). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Ulrich
[Incinerator]

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Sebastian Lester

Graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He started out designing fonts for [T-26] and Garagefonts, but is also (or, perhaps, mainly) a letterer. In 2000, Lester joined Agfa Monotype. Typefaces:

  • [T-26]: EquipoizeSans, EquipoizeSerif, Zoroaster-Regular (1995), Cuban (1996-2000).
  • Garagefonts: Rubber (2001), Gimp Round (2001) and Gimp Square (2001).
  • Agfa/Monotype: Soho (2007, a 40-strong slab serif family), Soho Gothic (2007-2008, slab serif family perhaps based on the signage around Soho---this large fgamily has nice Compressed, Condensed and Extended subfamilies), Neo Sans (2004), NeoTech (2004), Scene (2000-2002, sans serif and semi-serif, 12 weights, 12 alternates) and Scene Black (2008). Scene has been lauded as eminently clean, open, and highly legible: it is a formidable family, and a competitor for Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Univers, FF Bau, ITC Conduit, FF DIN, Gotham, Knockout, FF Scala Sans, and Solex. FontShop claims that Intel's new identity font called neo Sans Intel (2005) is based on Neo Sans and Neo Tech.

FontShop link. Linotype link. Interview in 2008 by iLT. Klingspor link.

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SINDSINDSIND
[Greg Ponchak]

Greg Ponchak (SINDSINDSIND) is a graphic designer in North Royalton (Cleveland), OH. His company was called SINDSINDSIND, but in 2013, Thinkdust was publishing his typefaces as well.

He created the minimalist high-contrast Qag (2009, Mostar Design Company), Muneris (2010, squarish), some experimental typefaces, the minimalist geometric sans face Monolite (2013), Berque (2010, a minimalist rounded sans face with hints of DIN), Kolg Gothic (2011), Jirue (2011, high-contrast didone), Kajf (2011, piano key face), NERC (2011, avant-garde), ARGN (2011, a rounded monospaced stencil family), and FOSU (2010, hairline avant-garde sans, at HypeForType).

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Smashing Magazine: 80 Beautiful Typefaces for Professional Design
[Vitaly Friedman]

Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to designers and developers, gives us his list of best commercial fonts in 2009: Helvetica Neue, Univers, Frutiger, Avenir, Myriad Pro, Neuzeit, Syntax, Proxima Nova, Proxima Sans, Glasgow, Charlotte Sans, Precious Sans, Gill Sans, Lisboa, Franklin Gothic, Futura, EF TV Nord 1, FF Scala, Rockwell, Eurostile, Warnock, FF DIN, FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Dax, DF Dynasty, Akzidenz-Grotesk, AG Book, Precious Serif, Locator, Seravek, FF Kievit, Ronnia, Stella, Le Monde Courrier, Parisine PTF, Freight, Guardian, Anomoly, PMN Caecilia, Leitura, The Mix, Stalemate, Neo Sans, Felbridge, Trade Gothic, Karmina, FF Milo, Auto, Soho, Kepler, Depot, Relato Sans, Priva Pro, Relato Serif, Alber, Palatino Sans & Informal, Fedra Sans, Olga, Depot, Priva Pro, Whitman, Productus, Tempelhof, Amira, Krart, Tang, Dederon Sans, Samuels Family, Untitled, Greta Text, FF Sanuk, Houschka, Scene, Amplitude, Insider, Preface, Flex, Halvorsen, Xtra Sans, Obliqua (in development), Muestra Urbana (in development), Wingardium, Tauran Regular, Mello Sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Smashing Magazine: 80 Beautiful typefaces for professional design

Smashing magazine showcases 80 fonts based on recommendations from various sources.

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Start a design career

Typographers were asked in 2003 to list the 20 essential typefaces to start a design career. Here we go, unedited:

  • Sean Glenn:
    • MetaPlus (FontShop)
    • Helvetica Neue (Adobe)
    • Mrs. Eaves (Emigre)
    • Gotham (Hoefler Type Foundry)
    • 20th Century (Monotype)
    • Base (Emigre)
    • Agency (Font Bureau)
    • Simian (House Industries)
    • Agenda (Font Bureau)
    • OCR-B (Adobe)
    • Formata (Adobe)
    • Caxton (Adobe)
    • Scala Sans (FontShop)
  • Letter Tiep:
    • Akzidenz Grotesk BQ
    • Univers
    • Frutiger Next (or Avenir?)
    • Today Sans (or Syntax / Gill Sans?)
    • The Sans
    • Trade Gothic (or News Gothic/Vectora?)
    • Futura
    • Minion
    • Palatino
    • Berthold Baskerville (or Storm's John Baskerville / Monotype Bulmer)
    • Filosofia
    • Lexicon nr2 ($$$)
    • Officina Sans&Serif (or the FF Info series)
    • Adobe Caslon
    • Bembo (or HTF Requiem)
    • Stempel Garamond
    • Joanna (or Scala?)
    • Clarendon (or Giza?)
  • Jay Wilkinson:
    • akzidenz grotesk bq
    • helvetica neue
    • avenir (or futura, both are geometric sans, i prefer avenir)
    • Frutiger
    • Trade Gothic
    • Franklin Gothic
    • Optima
    • Bodoni (or Didot but not filosofia)
    • Adobe Garamond
    • Adobe Caslon
    • Minion
    • Hoefler
    • Dante
    • Sabon
    • Perpetua
    • Requiem (or Bembo)
    • Centaur
    • Clarendon
    • Shelly (or Snell Roundhand)
    • Fette Fraktur (or Goudy Text)
  • John Gordon:
    • Blackletter
    • Centaur
    • Janson
    • HTF Requiem
    • Bembo
    • Caslon
    • Garamond
    • Baskerville
    • Palantino
    • HTF Didot
    • Perpetua
    • Electra
    • Clarendon
    • Akzidenz Grotesque
    • Helvetica Neue
    • Futura
    • Franklin Gothic
    • Trade Gothic
    • Poetica
    • Shelly
  • Keith Chi'hnag tam:
    • Minion Pro
    • Myriad Pro
    • Sabon Next
    • Monotype Baskerville (or Berthold)
    • HTF Didot
    • Perpetua
    • Monotype Gill Sans
    • Berthold Akizidentz Grotesk
    • Thesis Sans
    • Swift
    • ITC Charter
    • FF Meta
    • PMN Caecilia
    • Adobe Caslon Pro
    • FB Miller
    • Adobe Syntax
    • ITC Franklin Gothic
    • Bitstream Futura
    • Monotype Bembo
    • Snell Rounhand
  • H.D. Schnellnack:
    • Neue Helvetica
    • FF DIN
    • Clarendon
    • Thesis Sans
    • Garamond Pro OTF or Neue Sabon
    • Myriad Pro OTF
    • Mrs Eaves OTF
    • FF OCR or FF Letter Gothic
    • Rotis Sans and SemiSans
    • Futura
    • Scala
    • TAZ III OTF
    • Univers
    • Bauer Bodoni
    • Franklin Gothic or Bureau Grotesque
    • Bell Gothic or Interstate
    • Jenson Pro OTF or Warnock Pro or Kepler
    • Thesis Serif or Thesis Mono
    • Zapfino
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Stephen Coles
[The logos of Web 2.0]

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Stereo Type Haus
[Richard Diaz Granados]

Stereo Type Haus (or STH) is a commercial foundry in Brooklyn, NY, est. 2000, offering fonts by Rick D. Granados ((b. Miami, FL, 1970): Bucks (graffiti font), Bushwick (handwriting), Ballbuster, Bedford (2010, an award-quality dot matrix family inspired by mosaic lettering by Heins&LaFarge, architects of the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) in New York City: Bedford hints at the station names on platform walls which date back to 1904 but modernize it through a rigid grid system and rounded corners), Bockhold (2010, a humanistic take on DIN), Broadcast (neat stencil face), Konstrukt (stencil), Construkt (2009, a unicase stencil), Falcon, Gran Torino, Roller Girl, Opera (2005, with Ros Knopov), Prisma 2012 (2010, an octagonal multiline face), Radiac (2010, a monoline squarish unicase face), Rukbat, Stylus, Schmearox, Tech Stencil (2000), Noise&Hum, STH Sirena (2006, inspired by hand-painted signage found in "Little Haiti" Miami, Florida), Boris Dworschak (Partisan East, Partisan West, Basic, Gaijin. Other designers include Nikola Djurek (Cornerset (pixel), Aiseman), Luis Valle&R.D. Granados (Lillian, a script face), Arnold Steiner (Statica, Organic Mechanic), Michael Clarke (Paris), Carlos Alfonso (Locut, 2Bit), Denise Wilton (Stereobitz, a stereo dingbat face), Nikola Djurek (Tribeca, Magasine, Soho, Novella) and unnamed author fonts such as Palleta, Rook, STH Kit 1, Stereobytes (audio dingbats), Stereobytes Vintage (hi-fi dings), Nomad (a deconstructivist stencil face).

At FontStruct in 2009, he made the Victorian family Cartelle (+Inline), the pixel family Microdot, and Chico. Granados spends his time between New York City and Austin, Texas.

Klingspor link.

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Studio Charlie

Italian graphic design group headed by Gabriele Rigamonti (b. Italy, 1976), Carla Scorda (b. Italy, 1976), Vittorio Turla (b. Italy, 1975). The company is located in Rovato, Brescia, Italy.

Fonts sold by MyFonts: the DIN-inpired 6-style sans family Superbastone (2006), the futuristic Stereotype family (2005), the skull dingbat font Catacumbes (2006), the ransom note font Cavillus (2006), the dog dingbat font Charliedog (2006), the leafs dingbat font FontFoliae (2006), the Stencil G family (2006) and the rounded octagonal family Pied de Poule Text (2006) were codesigned by all three founders.

In 2007, they added Insects (dingbats), Design We Like (dingbats), MyFace (an award-deserving collection of faces), Friz Biz (simple children's hand), Washing Machine (dingbats), Superbastone (sans family), Superclosed, Supersquared, Superstarlike, and Superwood.

In 2008, we saw the publication of Retrofont, a very condensed high contrast sans.

In 2009, the dot matrix face Superpois saw the light.

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Suitcase Type Foundry
[Tomás Brousil]

Suitcase Type is a Czech foundry, est. 2004 by Tomas Brousil, who lives in Prague. Fonts include the interesting Tabac type system (2010; includes the humanist Tabac Sans (+Hair); sure to win awards in the near future!!!). The Tabac family was augmented in 2012 with Tabac Slab and Tabac Mono, which have a full range of weights from Hairline to Black.

Other typefaces from 2008-2010 include Monopol (a six-weight condensed sans that includes a hairline weight), Idealista (2010, organic, a mix of styles), Nudista (2009, a multistyle take on DIN with a superb fashion mag hairline, Nudista Thin), Kulturista (2009, a part slab part serif extension of Nudista), Comenia Sans (2008, a 12-style complementary family to Storm's Comenia Serif for school textbooks), Metalista (2008, unicase octagonal metallic face).

2007 was a successful year. Brousil created Bistro Script (2007, fifties diner style script), Corpulent (2007), and Gloriola (2007, a sans in 14 styles, including a hairline. The last typeface family won an award at TDC2 2008 and at Typographica's Best of 2007. Stephen Coles likes its position between the cool sterility of de Groot's monolinears and the warmth of Latin designers: With a broad range of weights, a complete Western character set, and a sack of ligatures and alternates, Gloriola has the depth required for complex identity systems and publication design. This shrewd response to the fashions of today is going to be useful for many years to come.). The year 2007 also saw Purista (a 10-style cousin of Eurostile), which includes hairline weights. Ellen Lupton says this about Purista: I've been feeling hungry for a stylish, edgy sans who enjoys evenings out on the town and long mornings of crisp conversation. In other words, I've been craving a font who likes to party but who can also help out with the dishes.

Production in 2005-2006: Teimer's Antiqua (2006: a didone family based onn unpublished 1967 design by Pavel Teimer), Rokoko (2006, an octagonal custom face for the Rokoko Theatre in Prague), Sandwich (2006, a lively display caps set), Vafle (2006: based on an original concept by Marek Pistora from 1997, with minor adaptations and 11 new weights), Dederon Sans and Serif (2005, the sans version being inspired by TypoArt's Liberta; see also here for a comparison with Underware's Dolly), Dederon Serif.

Typefaces from 2004 or earlier include Fishmonger (2004, a sans family), RePublic (a 2004 revival, done with Radek Sidun, of Public by Stanislav Marso, 1955. Note that Public was used to set the text of a Czechoslovak Communist party newspaper, Rudé Právo), Botanika (2005, a sans family including many typewriter styles and several mono weights), Atrament (2003, a narrowed grotesque inspired by the lettering used on the title of the almanac "Devetsil - Revolucni slovnik" (1922) edited by Karel Teige, in 30 styles!), Magion (2004, a simple geometric font), Fishmonger (2004, a broad 50-weight futuristic family), Katarine (2004, a warm sans family with appropriate dingbats added in), and Orgovan (2004-2005, a punk/brush family).

Typefaces from 2013 include the roundish sans family Ladislav: The Ladislav font revitalises Sutnar's legacy, while not explicitly copying any of his original fonts. It however keeps true to their technicist character and initial principles of character creation - a simple modular system of combined geometrical segments. This approach affects all round shapes of capital and lowercase letters, as well as the shapes of the majority of numbers. The g consists of two disjoint circles.

Typefaces from 2014: Urban Grotesk (a very airy, open grotesque face with large x-height and uniform grayness).

Tomas lives in Prague. MyFonts page. Behance link. Klingspor link. MyFonts interview.

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Tagir Safayev

Tagir Safayev is a Russian type and graphic designer. He created more than one hundred fonts, among which ITC Stenberg (1997, Cyrillic simulation face), which was originally called Rodchenko (a stencil font). Tagir Safayev is also active in book design and advertising. From 1991-2003 he worked as a type developer for ParaType. In 1995 he received the Rodchenko Award of the Society of Designers of Russia for Rodchenko typeface [look for Rodchenko here (italic version) and here, or for the ParaType family (1996-2002)]. He is a member of the Moscow Artists Union and of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), and a co-founder of the Type Designers Association, Moscow. He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Serp'n'Molot (2001, meaning hammer and sickle; forms inspired by lettering of Sergey Chekhonin (1878-1936)). Professor of the National Design Institute of the Designers Union of Russia. Teacher at the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design in Moscow. Currently staff designer at ParaType in Moscow. Faces: Bloc (ParaGraph, 1997, based on Hermann Hoffmann's Bloc from 1908), Black Grotesk (1997, based on Gasetny Chorny ("Newspaper Black"), of the O.I. Lehmann foundry, St.Petersburg, 1874, and Kompakte Grotesk (Haas)), PT Courier (1990, ParaGraph), PT Courier Monotonic Greek (1990), PT Courier Polytonic Greek (1990), PT DIN Condensed (1997), Birch (1995, handwriting, ParaGraph), PT FreeSet (1991-2000, based on the Frutiger typeface family), LEF Grotesque (1999), PT Epsilon (1995, handprinting), Etienne (Kremlin Pro (2010, Paratype), PT Hermes (1993; Based on Placard typeface (Hermes Grotesk) of the Lange type foundry (St.-Petersburg), an adaptation of Hermes Grotesk, of the Woellmer type foundry (Berlin, middle of the 19th century). This sans serif with its old-fashion stability looks well in advertising and display typography), Bitstream Humanist Cyrillic 521 (1999), PT Plain Script (1995, comic book lettering), PT Irina (1995, caps-only comic book face), ITC Kabel Cyrillic (1993, after the Original Kabel, 1976, Vic Caruso), Frutiger (1992, after the 1976 original), Meta+ Cyrillic (2000), Mirra (1999), ITC New Baskerville Cyrillic (1993, ParaGraph), ITC Banco (2000: the Cyrillic version of the font by Phill Grimshaw, 1997, which in turn was based on Roger Excoffon's Banco at Fonderie Olive in 1952), Bank Gothic (1997: a Cyrillic version of the 1930-1933 original by Morris Fuller Benton at ATF), ITC Officina Sans Cyrillic (1995), PT Proun (1993, a Cyrillic version of Choose One/Ten), PT Rodchenko (1996), ITC Stenberg (1997), ITC Stenberg Inline (1997), Swift Cyrillic (2002), PT Yanus (1999, originally created as a corporate identity for Aeroflot), PT Unovis (2001, inspired by the Russian avant garde of the 1920s), this unfinished Cyrillic version of Trajan (1994-1996), and Serp n'Molot (2001). At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about the various Cyrillic adaptations of Cheltenham done in the last century, prior to his own Cyrillic extension for NYTimes Cheltenham, done in 2008.

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Talbot Type
[Adrian Talbot]

Adrian Talbot (b. 1964, Worthing, Sussex, England) heads the type foundry Talbot Type in London. He made the Bauhaus-style Bremner family in 2000 for the visual identity of Mute Records.

In 2012, he designed these typefaces: Kinghorn 205 (Egyptian), Kinghorn 105, Kamerik105, Kamerik205 (an avant garde type family with many weights, including a hairline), Karben, KarbenMono (a mono-width sans family in the style of DIN), Karben 205 Mono, Karben 205, Karben 105, Karben 105 Mono, Kessel105, Kessel205 (a geometric sans family influenced by Futura), Kettering105, Kettering205 (a slabby almost typewriter typeface influenced by Lubalin and similar avant garde styles), Kiruna (a legible and very open sans family), Kursk105, Kursk205 (constructivist), Kaleko 105 and 205 (Gill Sans-style sans families with large x-heights).

Typefaces from 2013: Kilburn (a gothic sans serif), Kroppen Round (a geometric stencil), Kampen (square-spaced family), Kaleko 205 Round, Kaleko 105 Round.

Typefaces from 2014: Klef (a geometric sans influenced by Avant Garde), Kenwyn (a playful bullet-holed Egyptian; +Stencil), Korbin (a semi-geometric grotesque family), Kandel 105 and 205 (geometric, tri-line, display and headline font).

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The logos of Web 2.0
[Stephen Coles]

Stephen Coles identifies and classifies the fonts used in some of the best web-specific brands. He declares lime green to be the official color. His categories are

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Thijs Janssen

Rotterdam-based graphic designer. In 2009, he made TJGO Crappy (hand-printed face). He also made a beautiful DIN poster in 2009. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Thiis-Evensen

Norwegian designer in Oslo. He created Oslofonten (2005), a DIN Engschrift type of beast. Codesigners: Morten Krogstad, Per Jæger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tomás Brousil
[Suitcase Type Foundry]

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Total Font Geek
[Nate Halley]

Nate Halley (aka Total font Geek) is the creator of free fonts, mostly made with FontStruct. The handwriting typefaces were made with MyScriptFont.

Typefaces from 2014: Casale Finale NBP, Mozart NBP (pixel face).

Typefaces from 2013: Halleyvetica Neue NBP (hand-printed), Grishenko Opiyat NBP (inspired by Spaceport, House Industries), Cinema Gothic NBP (octagonal), NBP Readout, Dexter NBP, Roentgen NBP (pixel face), Super Thing NBP, On Strike NBP, Quantifier NBP, Voyager NBP (sci-fi face), Cellblock NBP, Klassiq NBP, Rosenkrantz (pixel face), Octapost (octagonal), Snare Drum One NBP, Meyer Gothic NBP (octagonal), Mindfuct NBP (squarish), Miranda NBP, Spire NBP (squarish), Casale Two NBP (pixel face), Kernel Panic, Sebastian Gothic NBP, Theorem NBP, Signus Digital Round (pixel face), Signus Bold, Saville Row NBP, Kernel Panic NBP, Guru Meditation NBP (pixel face), Mayfair NBP (pixel face), Calibration Gothic NBP Latin (pixel face), Mercutio NBP Basic (pixel family), Plutonium NBP (octagonal), Mr. DNA NBP, Mr. Kamikaze NBP, Kraftwagen Grotesk (inspired by DIN).

The list of typefaces made in 2012: Astragal NBP (pixel face), Nine by Five NBP (pixel font), Lionel Micro NBP (pixel font), Brighton NBP (2012), Brighton Two (2012, +Sans, +Serif, +Gothika), Synchronizer NBP (pixel face), Blackpool NBP, Forty Seven NBP, Motorik NBP, Spyware NBP, Balthasar Regular (pixel face), Kensington Gothic NBP (sci-fi), Energy Dome NBP, Mushroom Kingdom NBP, Nintendo Dingbats NBP, Skyline Beach NBP (octagonal), Book Report, Stevenage NBP, Northside NBP (fat finger face), Please Don't Leave NBP, Raven Sans NBP (inspired by Bank Gothic), Raven Serif NBP, Grishenko Novoye NBP (+Cyrillic), Nintendo Dingbats NBP, Wensleydale Gothic, Dear Katie (hand-printed), Prospero NBP (pixel font for game consoles), Middle School Crush NBP, Kinderarten NBP, Class Project NBP, Aristotelian NBP (Greek simulation font), Akron NBP (Akron Sans NBP, Akron Serif NBP), Erbos Draco Nova NBP (dot matrix font), Shylock NBP (dot matrix face), JustAnotherDay NBP, Soo Bawlz NBP (athletic lettering font based on the logotype from the Hardcore Devo albums), Beautiful World NBP, Basil Gothic NBP, Halleyvetica NBP, HalleyScriptThin NBP, GradeSkooler NBP, GrishenkoNBP (rounded techno sans), Glasstown NBP, Kinishinai NBP (octagonal), Corporate Gothic NBP, Erbos Draco Monospaced NBP (dot matrix face), Smart Patrol NBP (pixel face), Recombo NBP (+Round), Zarbville NBP (pixel face), Weird Science NBP (sci-fi typeface), Sharp Objects NBP, Casale Micro NBP, Dilithium Pixels NBP, Casale NBP, One Time NBP, Schutzgitterhaus-Grotesk NBP.

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Traffic System Typefaces

The typophiles are listing traffic system typefaces used in various countries. Here is a partial list extracted from that thread. Images collected by Ralf Herrmann.

  • USA and Canada: FHWA Series Fonts/Clearview
  • Australia: FHWA Series Fonts (modified)
  • Malaysia: FHWA Series
  • Germany: DIN Mittelschrift/Engschrift
  • Great Britain: Transport/Motorway
  • The Netherlands: ANWB-Ee/ANWB-Uu
  • Austria: Mittelschrift/Engschrift Austria
  • Switzerland: ASTRA Frutiger
  • Sweden: Tratex
  • Norway: Trafikkalfabetet
  • Italy: Traffic Type Spain, aka Carretera Convencional
  • Spain: For signage on highways, freeways and normal car-roads, the Autopista font (Highway Gothic). For normal streets, urban sorroundings, the Carretera Convencional font (aka Traffic Type Spain 1, and as CCRIGE).
  • Portugal: JAE.
  • Denmark: Dansk Vejtavleskrift.
  • France: L1/L2, L3/L4
  • Greece, Czech Republik, Latvia: DIN
  • Estonia: Arial
  • Hong Kong: transport
  • Belgium: SNV-regular or SNV-condensed (SNV: Association Suisse de Normalisation). SNV Extra Condensed is designed by Verein Schweizer in 1972.
  • Poland: See here
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Type Associates
[Russell Bean]

Russell Bean (Type Associates of Pyrmont, Australia, est. 1993) is an Australian type designer (b. Parkes, NSW, 1947). He worked in many ad agencies and later in the studios of the local photolettering houses, redrawing typefaces for filmfont setting as well as hand-composing headlines using photo-mechanical devices.

In the early seventies, he designed a five-weight Ac=vant-Gardish family named Virginia (now also digitized).

He then worked for the Los Angeles studio of Lettergraphics International in charge of lettering, logo design and converting type designs to film fonts. It was at this time (1973) that the Washington Family was completed. Upon his return to Australia that year, he teamed up with a long time colleague to form a design and art group in Sydney.

Russell has been responsible for the creation of many Australian icons, including the Qantas logo. Russell Bean has served on the executive committees of The Australian Type Directors' Club and Australian Graphic Design Association.

Typefaces available from MyFonts include Bougainville (1994-2005, a condensed sans family), Fremantle (1994), Beanwood Script (1997, a calligraphic script codesigned with David Wood), Craigie Halpen, Eumundi Sans [also available in the Agfa Creative Alliance], Eumundi Serif, Linear, Melissa, Rhodamine Blue, Sanguine (2004, handwriting), Semaphone (brush writing), Washington (1973, art deco family--really nice geometric letterforms with at least one hairline weight), and Xaltier.

He designed ITC Christoph's Quill (2004), Billabong (2006, 1950s handlettering), Charleston Caps (2007, art deco) and the comic book lettering face Rhapsodie (2006).

In 2007, he added the Threepoints East, North and West sans faces.

About the Avant-Garde-style geometric sans family Virginia (2008), Bean writes: she was the most popular headline face around, at least in my home town in the year of her release circa 1970. That was the year my five-weight design won the inaugural (and only) Lettergraphics International Alphabet design competition and shut out 5000 competitors. Alas, Lettergraphics ceased to trade from its LA studios after the mid-80s and Virginia's two-inch film fonts were left to collect dust on the cutting room floor.

The Koomerang family and Karmel (flare-legged retro display) were added in 2008.

In 2009, Bean created Comp Sans 226, Argyle Rough, Empirical (12-style DIN-like sans family), Dotmap (pixel family) and Macquarie Heavy.

In 2010, he made the poster signage face Hangtime.

In 2013, he published the hand-printed typeface famiy Progeny.

He is associated with Keith Morris in the typefoundry Bean & Morris.

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Type classification systems
[Joao Pedro Jacques]

Dead link. Joao Pedro Jacques' Brazilian page listing type classification systems: Maximilien Vox (1954), ATypI (1961), DIN 16518 (1964), BS 2961 (1967), Monotype (1970), Bitstream (1986), Linotype (1988), Adobe (1991), Microsoft (1991), URW++ (1996), PANOSE Latin (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typefaces no one gets fired for using
[Cameron Roll]

Cameron Roll is a freelance new media designer, author, and speaker. He has a blog in which the most trustworthy typefaces are listed. Taking votes from 61 typophiles gave these results:

  • 13 Helvetica Neue.
  • 9 Frutiger, Warnock Pro, Futura.
  • 7 Avenir, Myriad.
  • 6 FF DIN, Bodoni.
  • 5 (Adobe or other) Garamond.
  • 4 Jenson Pro, Sabon, Trade Gothic, Trajan Pro.
  • 3 Gotham, Caslon Pro, Akzidenz Grotesk, Rosewood, Franklin Gothic, Meta, Mrs Eaves, Thesis / The Sans, Gill Sans.
  • 2 Bembo, Univers, Humanist 521, Minion, Officina (Sans), Trebuchet, Verlag, Imago, News Gothic, Clarendon, Versa (Sans).
  • 1 Balance, Chopin Script, Sprint, Stone Print, Georgia, Zapfino, Bureau Grotesque, Courier New, Agenda, Bell Gothic, Filosofia, Arriere Garde, Marcelle Script, Porcelain, Lido STF, Uni 05 53, Modern 20, ITC Stone Sans, Book Antiqua, Avant Garde, Klavika, ITC Legacy, ITC Berkeley Old Style, Parkinson, Verdana, Cooper, Bello, Huxley, Maiandra GD, Interdimensional, Garth Graphic, Neutraface, Interstate, Vendetta, Proxima Nova, Newscastle, Zurich, Swiss, Eurostile, Fago, Downcome, American Typewriter ITC, Handel Gothic, Scala, Fonce Sans Pro, Penumbra, Electra, Optima, Serlio, Spring Light, Conduit, Lexicon, Delicious, Trinité, Productus, Documenta, Bitstream Vera, Bickham Script Pro, Voluta Script, Apex Sans, Chaparral Pro, Meridien.
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Typeforum's best fonts

Typeforum presents the best fonts in the world. Ingo Preuss' list:

  • Anything from DTL, but in particular DTL Prokyon (Erhard Kaiser), DTL Documenta (Frank E. Blokland), DTL Elzevir (Gerard Daniels), and DTL Albertina (Chris Brand).
  • Gentium (Victor Gaultney).
  • Finnegan (Jürgen Weltin).
  • Swift (Gerard Unger).
  • Palatino (Hermann Zapf).
  • Optima Nova (Hermann Zapf).
  • Frutiger Next (Linotype).
  • Many fonts from Psy/Ops, in particular Perceval (Michel Valois), Raykjavik (Stefan Kjartansson and Rodrigo Xavier Cavazos), Aperto (Paul Veres), Serus (Todd Masui), Leyden (Lars Bergquist), Aquamarine (Gábor Kóthay), and Eidetic Neo+Modern (Rodrigo Xavier Cavazos).
  • Mrs. Eaves (Zuzana Licko).
  • Democratica (Miles Newlyn).
  • Fedra (Peter Bilak).
  • FS Albert (Jason Smith, 2002).
Jakob, another reader, adds to this list some basic text fonts:
  • All fonts from Storm Type Foundry.
  • From The Foundry: Foundry Sans, Sterling, Monoline, Gridnik.
  • Jigsaw (Typotheque).
  • Rayuela (Pampa Type).
  • Stainless (Font Bureau).
  • Tabula (ITC).
  • FF Parango, FF Atma, FF Celeste, Ff Quadraat, FF Scala, FF Kievit.
  • Syntax.
  • Avenir.
  • Rialto (DFType).
  • From Underware, Dolly, and the upcoming "Stool".
  • Today Sans or its clone, Cronos.
The interesting discussion ends with yet another reader adding some sans faces (Fago C, Foundry Form Sans, FF DIN, Triplex) and some serif faces (Corporate A, Foundry Form Serif), The Antiqua B, Sauna). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typonauten
[Ingo Krepinsky]

Ingo Krepinsky (b. 1976, Eschwege) graduated in 2000 from Fachhochschule Hannover, and in 20903 from Hochschule für Künste Bremen, where he specialized in typography. He is a cofounder and type designer at Typonauten, a Bremen-based commercial font foundry started in 1998 (together with Christoph Hanser and Stefan Krömer). MyFonts sells these fonts: Freakshow (2005, grunge), Nautilo Font System (2002, a futuristic font family), Oklahoma (2003, Wild West, handpainted look; the Pro version from 2012 was done with Gunnar Link), Toon Town (2005, a comic book face done with Stefan Kroemer), B-Movie Retro (2007 a brush font series with Florian Schick and Stefan Kroemer), B-Movie Splatter (2007, a grunge version of that family).

Newsletter (2007) is an extensive no-frills sans family influenced by fonts like OCR-B and DIN. Newsletter Stencil was published at Volcano Type. Creator (with Gunnar Link and Stefan Kroemer) of Royal Oak Decor (Victorian ornaments), Royal Oak Sans (Edwardian headline sans) and Royal Oak Serif (Western headline face).

Other commercial fonts: Dimitri (Cyrillic simulation), Flarrow, Grebbelinsky (nice dingbats), Killvetica, Litterae Diaboli, Mosaixxs, Nautilo (pixel font), Navtilo (pixel font), R2D2 (futuristic), Sheffield (sans), Singapur (2002, a gambling dingbat font), Oklahoma (2002, Egyptienne), Transarc, Uxmal (unicase with Mexican ornaments), Weimar (Bauhaus style), Estelec (Cyrillic simulation), Trixel (2002, free pixel font), Sport1, Spacelord (2013, sci fi face).

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Typophile: Engineering typefaces

The typophiles suggest faces for the identity of an engineering firm. Mostly sans faces, but a few serif faces have crept into the list as well. Choices include DIN, NeoTech Sans, Klavika, Cachet, Router, Flama, Section, Morgan, Gravur Condensed, Isocteur, Isonorm, Meta Serif, Chevin, Serifa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

URW: DIN typefaces

URW's DIN-style typefaces include Engschrift DIN D, Fette Engschrift D, and Engschrift Austria D. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Verena Gerlach
[Fraugerlach]

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Versch Ontwerp
[Joris Budel]

Versch Ontwerp consists of Joris Budel (1984, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Yorick de Vries (1985, Lelystad, The Netherlands). Creators of the free font Habitat (2009), a grungy DIN "custo-made for Habitat de Rotte". Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vitaly Friedman
[Smashing Magazine: 80 Beautiful Typefaces for Professional Design]

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Walter van Rijn

At Walter van Rijn's site, called Symbiotext, one finds a description of his Symbiote projects. One of these led to the grunge-style typeface Symlogidins (2012, free at OFL). This sans face is partially based on OSP-DIN.

In 2014, Walter van Rijkn created the Latin/Cyrillic typeface Putintin, showing both languages at the same time. He explains: If you type on a Latin keyboard the Latin letters appear on top and on a line underneath appears the cyrillic, creating two lines of text at the same time. Please double the font size to get a readable text. If you type on a cyrillic keyboard the cyrillic appears on top with the Latin underneath. PUTINTIN_ПУТИНТИН was created in response to the Russian annexation of the Crimea, which clearly breached UN resolutions and memoranda affirming Ukraine's territorial integrity, which Russia signed as well. To be precise, Resolution 2625 of 24 October 1970 and the Budapest Memorandum of 5 December 1994 (the Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). OK now it is confirmed that the UN is dead, we need to re-establish East West communication, for which I propose this font. It is free at Open Font Library. This typeface remixes work by Harrisson, Pierre Huyghebaert, Femke Snelting, Ivan Monroy-Lopez, Yi Jiang, Nicolas Malevé and Ludivine Loiseau. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wilhelm C. Pischner

German type designer, b. Offenbach, 1904, d. Offenbach, 1989. Creator of Neuzeit Grotesk (1928-1929, Stempel, 6 styles---leicht, mager, halbfett, fett, schmalhalbfett, schmalfett) while he worked at Stempel, where he was an apprentice from 1918-1922 and a full time employee from 1922-1940. See also Neuzeit Grotesk (URW++: the first four styles only), DIN Neuzeit (Linotype), Geometric 706 (Bitstream: the schmal styles), N692 Sans (SoftMaker), and Neutral Grotesk (2002, SoftMaker). In 2006, Akira Kobayashi produced Neuzeit Office (Linotype), modeled after the original sans serif family Neuzeit S, which was produced by D. Stempel AG and Linotype's design studio in 1966. Neuzeit S itself was a redesign of Pischner's DIN Neuzeit.

Minor typefaces by him include Barcarole (1939, Stempel, a shadow caps face) and Tory Gotisch (unpublished blackletter).

After the second world war, he became an independent graphic designer in Offenbach. Sometimes his name is spelled C. Wilhelm Pischiner or Wilhelm C. Pischiner.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link.

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Yello DIN

The house font of Yello Strom, developed in 2005 by FontShop as a descendant of FF DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yiannis Karlopoulos

Or John Karlopoulos, b. 1967, Thessaloniki. He studied graphic design in Athens and type design at Ecole Estienne in Paris.

At Cannibal, he designed CF Block (1997), CF Charlemagne (1996), Delta Carlo (2000, for Delta D Magazine), FF DIN (2002), Franklin Gothic ITC Hell (1999), CF Kaveros (1997), CF Leftism (1996), CF Matrix Dot (1999), CF Serpentine (1998), CF Suprematica (1998), and CF XRay (1995).

In 2013, John Karlopoulos, Vassilis Georgiou, and Panos Haratzopoulos codesigned the Latin / Greek signage typeface CF Majestic (2013, Cannibal).

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Yiannis Kouroudis

Greek designer (b. 1962, Soufli) of Greek versions of FontFont fonts, such as FF Providence Greek (2000) and FF Providence Office Greek (2001).

In 1995, he cofounded Cannibal Fonts with Panagiotes (Panos) Haratzopoulos. At Cannibal, in 1995, he created CF Meneloas (children's font), CF Kouroudis Select (display face), CF Kouroudis Graffiti, CF Stamp, CF Urania, CF Venus (a wide caps face), CF Eteocles (1996), CF Criton and CF Compacta (a Greek version of Compact). Delta Kouroudis is a custom font done in 2000 for Delta Magazine.

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Zetafonts

Zetafonts is a font foundry created by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Debora Manetti. Almost all of these fonts were created as part of the design process for logos and printed materials. Many were created for the experimental magazine ego[n]. Foundry in Florence, Italy, although the Behance page places them in the United States. [z]fonts is the font development section of Studio Kmzero, a Florence (Italy) based Design and Communication Agency. Studio Kmzero is an Italian design firm in Firenze consisting of three graphic designers, Francesco Canovaro, Debora Manetti, and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini.

Also called ZeroFont.

Francesco Canovaro and Adolfo Monti are the designers of the simple bold sans face Arista (2007). They also made the basic sans faces Cibreo, zProzak-Bold, zProzak and zProzakLight in 2006, and Sugo in 2007. We also find Antipasto (2007, clean elegant sans, by Matteo Di Iorio), Arsenale White and ArsenaleBlue (2009, children's hands, done by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Jonathan Calugi), Bistecca (2005, a bellissima extra-condensed serif font created for ego[n] 5 and for the cover of ego[n] 4), Braciola (2006; monospaced and octagonal, with stencil styles added), Bubblebody, Byron (2006, handwriting), Delizioso (2008, art deco), Docporn (comic book style), Duepuntezero, Handvetica (2005, arched), Happyfruhzero, Modulo3 (2008, an artsy beauty), New Romantic (curly grunge), Prozak (2006), Sala de Fiestas (2005-2006, free download at OFL), Senzacuore, Square80 (2009), Sugo, Taller Evolution (2009, geometric sans), Taller, Tallest (2009, ultra-condensed), Targa Monospace (inspired by license plate lettering), Targa (2002), TargaMS (2002), TargaMSHand (2002), Tutor (2006, rectangular, pixelish---what I call a piano key font), Toller (2009, ultra-condensed), Filetto (2009, a sans modeled after DIN 1451 done with Francisco Canovaro and Katiuscia Mari).

In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro codesigned Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra).

Dafont link. MyFonts link.

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Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)
[Francesco Mistico Canovaro]

Italian design firm in Firenze consisting of three graphic designers, Francesco Canovaro, Debora Manetti, and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini. Dafont link. Canovaro's Behance link. Also called ZeroFont and Zetafonts. Typefaces:

  • A Day Without Sun (2014, by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini).
  • Another Shabby (2014, by Francesco Canovaro).
  • Antipasto (2007, by Matteo Di Iorio). A clean elegant sans by Canovaro.
  • Arista (2007) and Arista 2.0 (2010). A simple rounded bold sans face designed by Francesco Canovaro and Adolfo Monti.
  • Arsenale White and Arsenale Blue (2009). Children's hands, done by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Mi, Debora Manetti, Katiuscia Mari, and Jonathan Calugi.
  • Bistecca (2005). A bellissima extra-condensed serif font created for ego[n] 5 and for the cover of ego[n] 4.
  • Braciola (2006). Monospaced and octagonal, with stencil styles added.
  • Byron (2006). Handwriting.
  • In 2010, Canovaro designed the Bubblebody Fat and Bubbleboddy Extra Light.
  • Cibreo. A basic sans face by Canovaro and Monti.
  • Delizioso (2008). Art deco.
  • Digitalino (2013).
  • Docporn (comic book style).
  • Duepuntozero (2010). By Canovaro.
  • Filetto (2009). A sans modeled after DIN 1451 done by Canovaro, Debora Manetti and Katiuscia Mari.
  • Handvetica (2005). Arched.
  • Happy Frush Zero (2014). A random note font.
  • Modulo3 (2008). An artsy beauty.
  • New Romantic (curly grunge).
  • Panforte (2013) and Panforte Serif (2013): hand-drawn typefaces.
  • Prozak. Consists of zProzak-Bold, zProzak and zProzakLight (2006). A basic sans face by Canovaro and Monti.
  • Sala de Fiestas (2005-2006). Free download at OFL.
  • Square80 (2009).
  • Sugo (2007). By Canovaro and Monti.
  • Taller (2009, ultra-condensed), Taller Evolution (2009), Tallest (2009, ultra-condensed).
  • Targa Monospace. Inspired by license plate lettering.
  • Targa (2002), TargaMS (2002), TargaMSHand (2002).
  • Tutor (2006). Rectangular, pixelish---what I call a piano key font.

Behance link. Zetafonts home page. Klingspor link.

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Zoran Kostic
[Kostic Type Foundry]

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