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Universal Grotesk [Vladimir Balthasar]

This typeface became famous for its use on traffic signs in Czechoslovakia. It was designed in 1951 by an unknown type designer at the Czech typefoundry Grafotechna.

Free download of two fonts made in 2010 and 2012 respectively, also by an unknown designer. One of these fonts claims in its metadata that the original is due to Vladimir Balthasar in 1934. In 2016, Peter Bilak reports that Indra Kupferschmid told him that Universal Grotesk is basically Kristall Grotesk (Wagner & Schmidt in Leipzig). As Wagner & Schmidt morphed into the East-German typefoundry TypoArt some time after 1945, Bilak conjectures that Grafotechna got its matrices from Wagner & Schmidt.

Digital descendants:

  • The free typefaces Universal Grotesk and Universal Grotesk Tucny (2010 and 2012). Unknown designer. These fonts have irregular stroke widths and awful spacing.
  • Globe Grotesk Display (2014, Jan Charvat).
  • Uni Grotesk (2016, Peter Bilak, Nikola Djurek and Hrvoje Zivcic) is another outgrowth.

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file name: Jan Charvat Globe Grotesk Display 2014


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file name: Peter Bilak Nikola Djurek Hrvoje Zivcic Uni Grotesk 2016


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file name: Unknown Designer Universal Grotesk Bold 2010 based on Vladimir Balthasar 1934


file name: Unknown Designer Universal Grotesk Bold 2010 based on Vladimir Balthasar 1934b


file name: Unknown Designer Universal Grotesk Tucny 2012 based on Vladimir Balthasar 1934


file name: Unknown Designer Universal Grotesk Tucny 2012 based on Vladimir Balthasar 1934b


file name: Wagner Schmidt Kristall Grotesk 1936


file name: Grafotechna Universal Grotesk 1951


file name: Grafotechna Universal Grotesk 1951 Road sign in Brezno, Slovakia. October 1999


file name: Grafotechna Universal Grotesk 1951 Road sign in Slovakia


file name: Grafotechna Universal Grotesk 1951


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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html