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Rockwell Alternatives

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Noah Nazir
Last edited August 28, 2018

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.

Slippery chicken hot pot young

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Please no bomb into the ash here

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The best things in life are furry

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

Please do not get over it

The Bauer Typefoundry first released the Beton family of types in 1936. Created by the German type designer Heinrich Jost, the present digital version of the Beton family consists of six slab serif typefaces. First developed during the early 1800s, by the 1930s slab serif faces had become one of many stock styles of type developed by foundries all over the world. Because of their distance from... Read More

Even fools are right sometimes

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EF Beton Heinrich Jost Elsner+Flake 1931
Ikiru Serif Boris Dworschak Die Gestalten 2007

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Survivors will be shot again

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Careful tiny grass is dreaming

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Hell: one way in and no way out

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The world without his nucleus

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Go on with your bad self

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Don’t treat me like a potato

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Please do not sit on crocodile

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Linotype Design Studio and Rudolf Wolf
Linotype 1930
Rudolf Wolf
Bauersche Gießerei
Morris Fuller Benton
Linotype 1931
Heinrich Jost
Linotype 1936
Freda Sack and Adrian Williams
Erik Spiekermann and Ole Schäfer
ITC 1990

Heinrich Jost
Elsner+Flake 1931
Manvel Shmavonyan and Isay Slutsker
Freda Sack
ITC 1983
Boris Dworschak
Die Gestalten 2007
Jakob Erbar and Walter Höhnisch
Elsner+Flake 1936

Mårten Thavenius
Linotype 2006



Monotype.Design Studio and Robert Besley
Monotype 1845
Veronika Burian and José Scaglione
Johannes Birkenbach
Olaf Leu and Linotype Design Studio
Linotype 2001
Ole Schäfer
primetype 2002
Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby
FontFont 2009
Hermann Zapf
Monotype.Design Studio
Monotype 1934