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Last edited May 28, 2014
Simulated meat floss biscuits

One of the most famous modern Old Face fonts, designer Francois Ganeua developed Vendome with the special features and extravagance typical of such forms. Strong and lively, such details give Vendome its unmistakeable, unique appearance.

No occupation while stabilizing

Plantin is a family of text typefaces created by Monotype in 1913. Their namesake, Christophe Plantin (Christoffel Plantijn in Dutch), was born in France during the year 1520. In 1549, he moved to Antwerp, located in present-day Belgium. There he began printing in 1555. For a brief time, he also worked at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Typefaces used in Christophe Plantin's books... Read More

Palace explodes diced chicken

Folio® was designed by Konrad F. Bauer and Walter Baum, and released in several weights and widths by the Bauer Type Foundry from 1956 to 1963. This legible sans serif family was designed around the same time as Helvetica, and in many ways it is quite similar to Helvetica. There are some notable differences in certain characters, like the lowercase a, and the caps G and Q. The designers of... Read More

Life is too short to follow the rules

Spectrum font is based on a design by Jan van Krimpen, who worked on his font from 1941 to 1943 for use in a Bible of the Spectrum publishing house in Utrecht. The bible project was later cancelled but the font was so beautifully formed and universal that the Monotype Corporation in London completed it. Distinctive are the reserved elegance and unmistakeable beauty of form. The italic was... Read More

Law prohibits underwater smoking

The Venus type family is a historic hot metal face with left slanted weights that is used for the german cartographic map production. There are also special typefaces required like the Roemisch and Topografische Zahlentafel type family.

Grandiose inhabitation project

Typefaces without serifs were known in nineteenth-century England as Grotesque (or Grotesk in German) because they seemed so unusual to most readers. Monotype Grotesque font is a straightforward 1926 design that is among the earliest sans serifs cut for hot-metal machine typesetting. Its simple, clean lines make it amenable for text use, and the condensed and extended versions are useful for... Read More

Please do not sit on crocodile

Developed over a ten year period, FF Balance is an experimental sans serif that subverts the conventions of the style. Its horizontal strokes are heavier than the verticals and its top strokes appear slightly heavier than the bottom. Another unusual feature is the family’s uniwidth metrics. All weights and numerals of the family... Read More

EF Rialto Alan Meeks Elsner+Flake 1980, 2008
Help oneself terminating machine

Mike Abbink’s initial concept with FF Milo was to create a compact sans with very short ascenders and decenders. This resulted in a versatile typeface that’s well suited to magazine and newspaper typography. The typeface was named after a resilient grain, hinting at its ability to serve as a design staple. In later releases the design was expanded upon with FF... Read More

François Ganeau
Linotype 1952
Frank Hinman Pierpont and Robert Granjon
Monotype 1700
Walter Baum and Konrad Friedrich Bauer

Jan van Krimpen
Monotype 1952
Bauersche Gießerei
Steve Matteson, Frank Hinman Pierpont, Monotype.Design Studio and Frank
Monotype 1926
Jos Buivenga
Evert Bloemsma
FontFont 1993
Alan Meeks
Elsner+Flake 1980
Michael Abbink and Paul van der Laan
FontFont 2006
Veronika Burian
Robert Slimbach, Ludovico degli Arrighi and Nicolas Jenson
Jakob Erbar and Walter Höhnisch
Elsner+Flake 1936
Luc(as) de Groot
Nicholas (Miklós) Tótfalusi Kis
Ole Schäfer
primetype 2002