About Aachen SB Font Family
Since the release of these fonts most typefaces in the Scangraphic Type Collection appear in two versions. One is designed specifically for headline typesetting (SH: Scangraphic Headline Types) and one specifically for text typesetting (SB Scangraphic Bodytypes). The most obvious differentiation can be found in the spacing. That of the Bodytypes is adjusted for readability. That of the Headline Types is decidedly more narrow in order to do justice to the requirements of headline typesetting. The kerning tables, as well, have been individualized for each of these type varieties. In addition to the adjustment of spacing, there are also adjustments in the design. For the Bodytypes, fine spaces were created which prevented the smear effect on acute angles in small typesizes. For a number of Bodytypes, hairlines and serifs were thickened or the whole typeface was adjusted to meet the optical requirements for setting type in small sizes. For the German lower-case diacritical marks, all Headline Types complements contain alternative integrated accents which allow the compact setting of lower-case headlines.
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About Scangraphic Digital Type Collection
In 1980, Scangraphic began developing its own font library, which by the end of that decade was large and well respected.
The Scangraphic font library is offered at MyFonts as the Scangraphic Digital Type Collection.
The Scangraphic Digital Type Collection currently consists of more than 1000 different typefaces, and includes well-known families such as Today Sans Serif designed by Volker Küster and Zapf Renaissance Antiqua by Hermann Zapf.
The exclusive feature of this collection is that for more than 60 per cent of the typefaces two special versions are available. One version is drawn, spaced and kerned for normal text use (SB - BodyType) the other for headlines (SH - SuperType).
Individually designed spacing for both versions is the most striking feature of Scangraphic BodyType and SuperType. The spacing of BodyTypes is optimized for text sizes. The spacing of SuperTypes is generally closer in order to meet the demands of compact headline setting. The kerning tables are based on the same principle. Apart from this there are subtle differences in design. To achieve a bright, sharp and crisp appearance in text sizes, all BodyTypes have minute inktraps drawn into the critical angles. BodyTypes may also have strengthened hairlines and serifs. In many cases the whole type design has been optimized to meet the optical requirements of text setting in small sizes. SuperTypes are also supplied with integrated umlauts as an alternative to the floating accents. They allow the compact setting of capital lines without the usual loss of quality. Scangraphic recommends 4.5 mm capital height (18 pt) as the largest size at which BodyTypes should be used, this should also be the smallest size for SuperType.
All text fonts in the Scangraphic Digital Type Collection are complete with individual € and @ symbols.