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ITC Officina Serif Alternatives

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Noah Nazir
Last edited August 25, 2018
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In 1983, D. Stempel AG redesigned the famous Helvetica typeface for the digital age, creating Neue Helvetica for Linotype: a... Read More

No burning enter this place

In 1931, The Times of London commissioned a new text type design from Stanley Morison and the Monotype Corporation, after Morison had written an article criticizing The Times for being badly printed and typographically behind the times. The new design was supervised by Stanley Morison and drawn by Victor Lardent, an artist from the advertising department of The Times. Morison used an older... Read More

Palace explodes diced chicken

The Handel Gothic™ typeface has been a mainstay of graphic communication for over 40 years - all the while looking as current as tomorrow. Designed by Don Handel in the mid-1960s, and used in the 1973 United Airlines logo developed by Saul Bass, Handel Gothic was an instant success when released to the graphic design community. Its generous lowercase x-height, full-bodied counters and square... Read More

Advocate using civilization language

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When ITC Officina was first released in 1990, as a paired family of serif and sans serif faces in two weights with italics, it was... Read More

Move fast and break stuff

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When Christian Schwartz and Erik Spiekermann were working on FF Meta Serif, they had plans to also expand the FF Unit family (a closely... Read More

You never must sausage a place

Aptifer Sans and Aptifer Slab are two 21st century typeface families created by Mårten Thavenius. Each family has seven weights, in roman and italic respectively, making 28 font styles in total. Each OpenType font contains 922 glyphs, with a total of 25,816 glyphs in both families together. The following codepages are fully supported in Aptifer: 1252 Latin 1, 1250 Latin 2: Eastern Europe, 1254... Read More

Humor is reason gone bad

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In the 1920s the Viennese government decided to standardize the street signs across the city. A typeface was especially constructed for... Read More

Do not use pool during fiery rain

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Hell with the dog, beware of wife

Just as the camera adds weight to human faces, serifs can add weight to typographic faces. Rod McDonald trimmed and adjusted his new Egyptian Slate design as it emerged from its sans serif predecessor, the Slate typeface family. Slate is a great sans serif design, and the addition of his Egyptian Slate to your typeface library will make it even more versatile.Egyptian Slate is a solid and... Read More

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The Siseriff family of types contains nine different styles, which were developed by the master Swedish typographer Bo Berndal in 2002. Siseriff is a contemporary slab serif face. Except for the Siseriff Black weight, all of the letters display a slightly condensed appearance that is coupled with a relatively uniform width throughout the alphabet. Siseriff's nine styles are distributed across... Read More

He is a red sucker in our heart

FF Zine is a fine example of Berlin-based designer Ole Schäfer’s logic. Art Directors often have trouble finding coordinated typefaces across several different styles. The design began with a related project. In 1996, Schäfer drew a two-weight headline face for Dresden’s Sächsische Zeitung newspaper. The brief called for a display system offering multiple “atmospheres.” The solution he came up... Read More

Please do not sit on crocodile

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One of Berlin’s must-visit cultural stops is the Prater, a beer garden in Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the eastern part of Berlin. The... Read More

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It was only after seeking the help of fellow type designers Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby that Erik Spiekermann was able to... Read More

No tails in the disorder please

The idea for the Generis type system came to Erik Faulhaber while he was traveling in the USA. Seeing typefaces mixed together in a business district motivated him to create a new type system with interrelated forms. The first design scheme came about in 1997, following the space saving model of these American Gothics. Faulhaber then examined the demands of legibility and various communications... Read More

Beware the hobby that eats

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Sumner Stone worked together with Bob Ishi of Adobe to create the Stone family fonts, which appeared in 1987. Coincidentally, ishi is the... Read More

Contradiction keeps sanity in place

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When the semi-serif Museo became a success in 2008, its designer Jos Buivenga researched some possibilities of other versions. Museo Sans... Read More

Line up to block in the seafood

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No news is the mother of invention

Chaparral is the work of type designer Carol Twombly and combines the legibility of slab serif designs popularized in the 19th century with the grace of 16th century roman book lettering. The result is a versatile, hybrid slab-serif design. Unlike "geometric" slab serif designs, Chaparral has varying letter proportions that give it an accessible and friendly appearance in all weights from light... Read More

Boredom is rage spread thin

In 1931, Morris Fuller Benton created the Stymie typeface for the American Type Founders (ATF). Later weights were later added by Sol Hess at Lanston Monotype and Gary Powell at ATF. Stymie, a redesign of the Inland Type Foundry's Rockwell Antique, could also be viewed as a reworking of a slab serif types that were popular in Europe at that time, like Memphis or Beton. For the past 150 years,... Read More

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Pacella was designed by Vincent Pacella and fashioned in the tradiation of Century Schoolbook, Corona and Nimrod. Pacella maintains high legibilty and exhibits a character and personality all its own.

Write drunk, but edit sober

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Please do not chase slapstick

Rockwell font appeared with Monotype Design Studio in 1934, a time which saw the return to popularity of slab serif fonts. Rockwell's strong and harmonious characters make this font particularly flexible.

Max Miedinger and Linotype Design Studio
Linotype 1957
Victor Lardent, Stanley Morison and Victor Lardent Stanley Morison
Monotype 1932

Donald Handel, Nadine Chahine and Rod McDonald
ITC 2010
Erik Spiekermann and Ole Schäfer
ITC 1990
Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby
FontFont 2009
Mårten Thavenius
Linotype 2006

Veronika Burian
TypeTogether 2007
Jan Fromm
Jan Fromm 2010
Rod McDonald
Monotype 2008
Bo Berndal
Linotype 2002
Ole Schäfer
FontFont 2001
Steffen Sauerteig and Henning Wagenbreth
FontFont 2000
Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz, Kris Sowersby, Ralph du Carrois and Botio Nikoltchev
FontFont 2007
Morris Fuller Benton, Yelena Tzaregorodtseva and Manvel Shmavonyan
Erik Faulhaber
Linotype 2006
Sumner Stone
ITC 1988

Nicolien van der Keur
TypeTogether 2012
Oleg Karpinsky
Carol Twombly
Adobe 2000
Morris Fuller Benton
Linotype 1931
Vincent Pacella
ITC 1987

Olaf Leu and Linotype Design Studio
Linotype 2001
Hans Samuelson
Monotype.Design Studio
Monotype 1934
Freda Sack and Adrian Williams