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Fonts from The Big City

Vernacular architectural lettering from the metropolis as digital fonts.

Yves Peters
Last edited April 15, 2015

Similar to Batman’s Gotham City or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis embodying the archetypical metropolis in pop culture, these fonts capture the essence of the vernacular architectural lettering in those imaginary cities. You can picture the capital letters with square proportions above the entrances of stately skyscrapers and high-end boutiques, just as well as on the shop windows of the neighbourhood delis and laundromats. Of course the fonts offer more than just capitals: they feature complete character sets, and most of them come in a wide range of weights, some even several widths.

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FontFont 2006
Hannes von Döhren
HVD Fonts
William Addison Dwiggins and Toshi Omagari
Linotype 1930
William Addison Dwiggins
Linotype Design Studio
Linotype 1900
Christian Schwartz
FontFont 2002