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Techno Typefaces

Noah Nazir
Last edited August 10, 2018
Keep table cleaned after dying

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

Think more, design less

Type you may have seen in flyer for a rave in the Nineties.

What became FF TradeMarker was conceived as a “remix” of the Serpentine Bold typeface. After incorporating the proto-design into... Read More

No tails in the disorder please

ITC Flatiron is a revival of an extended all cap headline font from the Photo-Lettering Collection. This hand-drawn sans serif face has uncharacteristic mono-weight letterforms. Deliberately expanded and almost absurdly wide, ITC Flatiron has an unusual style, one that is almost "irreverent."

Don’t treat me like a potato

Based on square forms, FF QType successfully walks the difficult line between pure geometry and legibility. Achaz Reuss used his years of type design experience to flesh out a concept that could have been, in the hands of a student or amateur, a much less useful result. Five subfamilies make up the whole (Compressed, Condensed, Semi Extended, Extended and Square) each in five weights (Extra... Read More

Stay hungry, stay foolish

Based on a rigid grid of squares and triangles, FF Gothic is probably Neville Brody’s most strictly constructed type family. In spite of the simplicity of the basic forms, its many variations allow for play and variety.

No tails in the disorder please

The FF Droids family is a series of display fonts drawn by Amsterdam-based designer Donald Beekman. They were first produced for a Dutch techno-disco group named Discodroids. The inspiration was electrical diagrams and computer circuit boards. Its sans version came in response to many requests from clients.

The world without his nucleus

Geometric display faces originally designed for the logo and headlines of 10Dance Magazine, FF Beekman Square carries the name of its designer, Donald Beekman, an influential player in the world of Dutch music design.

Do not empty your dog here

Donald Beekman’s FF Backbone package includes four different display families: FF Automatic, FF Overdose, FF Stargate, and FF Totem. FF Automatic was developed as a logo for Automatic Music Productions, a company that, among other things, produces music for computer games and advertisements. The letterforms were inspired by Japanese characters. The first characters for FF Overdose were... Read More

He who laughs last thinks slowest

First used in the books on (and by) the German techno scene, and techno design specifically, FF Localizer is at the same time a nostalgic 70s and a 90s typeface. Along the lines of “we thought this would be the future, then it wasn’t, but it didn’t matter after all, so here it is”. The additional FF Bionic and FF Chemo families (originally released as FF Localizer Clones) are Critzla's personal... Read More

Donald Handel, Nadine Chahine and Rod McDonald
ITC 2010
FontFont 1999
Photo Lettering Inc.
ITC 1997
Brian J. Bonislawsky
Bitstream 2001
Achaz Reuss
FontFont 2004
Neville Brody
FontFont 1992
Donald Beekman
FontFont 1999
Donald Beekman
FontFont 1999
Donald Beekman
FontFont 1999
FontFont 1996