November 10th, 2012


Folio is a realist sans-serif typeface designed by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum in 1956. Like Helvetica and Univers, which were also released around that time, it is part of the International Typographic Style and modeled after Breite Grotesk from 1867.

November 9th, 2012

Hiragino Kaku

Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro. Hiragino was designed at the beginning of the 90s Jahre by Jiyukobo, one of the leading Japanese type foundrys. Some of them are installed on Apple’s operating system.

Quadraat sans, detail from “KWI Report”

Quadraat sans, detail from “Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft”

Quadraat sans, detail from “Höhenrausch”

September 24th, 2012

Quadraat sans

Quadraat sans by Fred Smeijers, who established the design group Quadraat (in Arnhem). The name was also given to his first published typeface: FF Quadraat, launched in 1992. In 2004 Smeijers was appointed Professor of Digital Typography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.

June 28th, 2012

Neue Helvetica

The original Helvetica design was created by Max Miedinger and released by Linotype in 1957. The second, Neue Helvetica, was a re-working of the 1957 design and was released in 1983 by D. Stempel AG. More recently, Linotype released the Neue Helvetica Pro design in 2004, which is an OpenType version with expanded foreign language support.

Dada Grotesk, detail from “Klaus Lutz - Im Universum”

June 14th, 2012

Dada Grotesk

Dada Grotesk was designed by Alexandre Dimos and Gaël Etienne (Studio deValence, Paris) for the book and the signage of the DADA exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 2005. The font is based on a typeface found in a 1918 issue from the Dada Paris magazine, originally called Aurora.

June 13th, 2012


Swift, designed 1985 by the dutch type designer Gerard Ungers (*1942), has proved its worth in corporate identities, magazines and newspapers and occasionally in books – it is a versatile type and can be used in a wide range of circumstances. It is a striking type, with large serifs, large counters and letters that produce a particularly strong horizontal impression. This means that words and lines in Swift are easily distinguished, even where there are large spaces between words, as can occur in newsprint.

Nobel, detail from “Ilze Orinska – Labor Manuum”

May 23th, 2012


DTL Nobel. Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos (1877–1962) is considered to be Holland’s first professional type designer. His typeface Nobel was created in 1929 for the Amsterdam Type Foundry as a response to Futura and Berthold Grotesk. It was successful throughout the country and was used in many Dutch mechanical typesetting companies until the 1960s. Using the historical type specimen by de Roos, Andrea Fuchs and Fred Smeijers created DTL Nobel for the Dutch Type Library in the years 1990–93. The Nobel series was also designed for Font Bureau by Tobias Frere-Jones. The Extra Lights were added by Cyrus Highsmith & Dyana Weissman.