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Noah Nazir
Last edited May 27, 2018
Do not joke for the bathroom

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

Smile, It confuses people

On the way back to the airport from the 1994 ATypI conference in San Francisco, Albert-Jan Pool and Erik Spiekermann discussed Pool’s prospects, Spiekermann knowing that his friend’s employer had just gone out of business. He suggested that if Pool wanted to make some money in type design, that he take a closer... Read More

No kicking of balls please

FF DIN Round comes as a welcome addition to the most popular family in the FontFont library and brings warmth to FF DIN’s simplicity and industrial sterility. The face is more than a programmatically rounded version of its predecessor. Albert-Jan Pool and his team reworked each letterform to maintain the structure of the original. This ensures FF DIN and FF DIN... Read More

You never must sausage a place

Rounded typefaces go in and out of style. They are often used for user interfaces, or for back-lit signage. Sharp type often looks blunt in these situations, and the amount of bluntness is unpredictable. The solution: start by rounding the corners. FF Unit Rounded began as an exclusive customization of FF Unit. Something friendly and precise to be read on screen, on signs, in print, and a broad... Read More

Grandiose inhabitation project

Work began on what would become the Between typeface with sketches of a DIN that didn’t feel quite so cold. The principle of warmth became the focus of the family, which covers three variations from subtle nuance to humanistic fluency. Built for versatility, the Between typeface’s numbered variations span eight full weights from thin to black, each complete with a companion italic.

Do not use pool during fiery rain

Brutal Type — is a sans serif typeface with a distinct manly character. It’s based on the shapes of DIN font, however radically reconsidered. Despite the apparent simplicity and obviousness of forms, the Brutal Type design is original and fresh. This font is universal and familiar to all, emotional and catchy at the same time.

Slaughter is the best medicine

The first cuts of Trade Gothic were designed by Jackson Burke in 1948. He continued to work on further weights and styles until 1960 while he was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype in the USA. Trade Gothic does not display as much unifying family structure as other popular sans serif font families, but this dissonance adds a bit of earthy naturalism to its appeal. Trade... Read More

Donald Handel, Nadine Chahine and Rod McDonald
ITC 2010
Albert-Jan Pool
FontFont 1995
Albert-Jan Pool
FontFont 2010
Hannes von Döhren
HVD Fonts 2012
Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz
FontFont 2008
Akira Kobayashi
Monotype 2016
Gayaneh Bagdasaryan and Dmitry Rastvortsev
Brownfox 2013
Akira Kobayashi and Sandra Winter
Monotype 2016
Jackson Burke
Linotype 1948