(x) bold gothic slab serif - Alfa Sans {Hrant}

designalchemy's picture

Does anyone know what typeface this is?
Gothicface.jpg

graficartist's picture

ITC Officina Serif Black OS comes close but not a perfect match.

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hrant's picture

I *think* I know, but I'd rather not say... :-/ Don't worry, it's not a bad thing - just potentially "expensive" information, at least until a few months from now.

hhp

designalchemy's picture

Hrant I do not quite get what you mean. If you do not wish to share this information in the forum send me the info privately. Ole
designalchemy@mac.com

Stephen Coles's picture

Not sure what Hrant's going on about...

But I like a challenge - maybe too much.
I've spent far too long staring at this thing
wondering where I've seen it before.

It looks simutaneously like the work of
Tankard, Schwartz, Bilak and Spiekermann.

Stephen

sevenfingers's picture

Hahaha :)

designalchemy's picture

I think I saw it used in a design by Jens Gehlhaar. It did however not look like his work, so the question remains, what is it, and who made it?

Stephen Coles's picture

Don't like Gelhaar, Ole? Not even this?

Gelhaar-Deleuze

Stephen Coles's picture

Oops. I misread you. Enjoy the pic anyway.

designalchemy's picture

I actually consider Gehlhaar one of the best type designers around. I would guess you have seen his thesis project- the CIA comdendium of alphabets.

hrant's picture

Ole, you know too much - now I kave to kill you. ;->

It's Alfa Sans, by Gehlhaar, yes. And it's very nice. And it was used on the cover of the winner of the international "Most Beautiful Book" competition of 2000.

http://listserv.heanet.ie/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0104&L=typo-l&P=R1336

Gehlhaar and Schulz are the two good type designers to come out of CalArts. Or maybe they were already good when they went in...

hhp

sevenfingers's picture

OH MY GOD! I want PP Deluxe... What a beauty! :)
Where do I buy?

designalchemy's picture

Richard, as far as I know it is not for sale. It was one in a set of 4. All were very different and named after philosophers.

sevenfingers's picture

:( I really liked it... like a friendly goodlooking bauhaus or something. (that z was especially wonderful...)

beejay's picture

Ole - I'd be interested in seeing Gehlhaar's CIA compendium if you have a chance to post it sometime. Or is there a link?

Two faces from Lee Schulz are in Alphabook but I was wondering if anybody had a link to anything else by him or could post something?

Hrant, in your review of Cal Arts's type design class, you mentioned some other faces by Schulz.
Where did you see those?

bj

hrant's picture

> Where did you see those?

At that exhibition they had in October, and the booklet they gave out with it.

hhp

beejay's picture

A post or an email would be greatly appreciated.

bj

hrant's picture

The whole booklet?! :-/

hhp

beejay's picture

Nah. How about the Lee Schulz faces you refer to in your CalArts review?

bj

Stephen Coles's picture

Hey bj. More Gelhaar:

humdrum
laika

beejay's picture

thx scoles. looking at these, i'm a vexed slackdog. are they for sale somewhere?


bj

hrant's picture

A couple of 150 dpi scans from the booklet:

Salome (one of my "top-10" fonts) and Antoinette, both from '98:
http://www.themicrofoundry.com/other/schulz_1.gif

From Schulz's post-CalArts oeuvre:
http://www.themicrofoundry.com/other/schulz_2.gif

hhp

beejay's picture

thx hrant.

Stephen Coles's picture

bj,

I believe my samples are scanned from Alphabook.
Got them from someone else. Your question is very
valid... I've thought of tracking down Gelhaar's
email address for some time now so I could write
and ask him why he hasn't offered these beauties
up for sale.

Stephen

hrant's picture

Hey, shshsheck out Lee Schulz's site:
http://www.jwprojects.com/staff/lee/typographe/v1/home.html

hhp

Joe Pemberton's picture

"Tankard, Schwartz, Bilak and Spiekermann" would
make a great name for an intimidating law firm.

hoefler's picture

Or a pangram.

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