Formal Script Typeface (used with Absolut Vodka)

Gustav Greffrath's picture

Hi everyone.

I have been through all my scipt typefaces. Any ideas? It is the same scipt typeface used in the Absolut Vodka logo.

Gustav

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CreativeNRG's picture

Ouch, came to the same answer after some searching but just a bit too late.

For what it's worth also found that York Script ES is about the close as you can expect.

Gustav Greffrath's picture

Thanks for the response. York Script is very, very close.

akira, thanks for the great link.

Gustav

Stefan H's picture

Akira, Thanks for pointing that out ;-)

Stavros. Custom type, I'm afraid. This York Script doesn't seem to be some rip-off from another typeface (see backround below)

Brendel Informatik GmbH; Wilhelm Welsch's Cologne-based outfit that sells all the standard fonts, many under new names. Typically about 1DM per font (in packs of 500). Goes also under the name Quick Brown Fox (QBF), and is related to (identical to?) Softmaker. In the seventies, they made some original fonts at Brendel Type Studio such as Diamante and Dragon, but what is the relationship between Brendel Type Studio and Brendel Informatik? Their collection grew and included many semi-clones from major foundries (example: Equipe is like Emigre's Mason, and so forth). In 2000, FontShop sued them for placing 17 of their fonts on their CD, and Brendel lost and had to cough up a lot of money. Mark Johannson explains: "The B+P fonts seem to be the earliest and now float freely between Brendel Informatik and Softmaker 's, sometimes renamed, sometimes not. Brendel also did fonts for Serif software (Page Plus, Draw Plus etc.) using the SF suffix. It is not unusual, if you open the SF/Softmaker/Brendel/BP fonts up with a font editor, that you'll find one of the other company's names for it still buried in there in either the TT or T1 ID field!! I'm guessing Softmaker (in Nuremberg) was a software publisher who acquired some type of rights along the lines. They still make software (Softmaker Office is their biggie) and still sell fonts. Brendel still operates out of Cologne and still sells fonts under the "Quick Brown Fox" foundry name. The catalogs between them are pretty identical even down to most font names."

Stefan H's picture

Should have mentioned I found the info on Luc Devroye's faboulus site; http://cg.scs.carleton.ca/~luc/vendors.html

Gustav Greffrath's picture

Thanks Stefan H for the great resource.
I installed the font York Script but I must admit the kerning and overall balance is not that good.

Thanks for the great response

Stefan H's picture

Stavros, since many of the Scripts like this only have on or a few weights the price for the quality stuff is affordable. Go for the big vendors and I'm sure you'll find something appropriate. I made a quick search at Identifont and found this;
http://www.identifont.com/show?TH. From there you should be able to find similar scripts and where to buy them.

Cheers

Gustav Greffrath's picture

Thanks Stefan. I make a point of buying good quality typefaces as often as I can. My next purchase will be a script. Infact next on my wishlist in PF Champion:

http://new.myfonts.com/search/pf+champion/fonts/

Ciao!

CreativeNRG's picture

Font forgery has been going on the decades I'm afraid. For a real eye opener check out 'The Font Forging Industry - Forgery, Cloning, Piracy, Plagiarism of Fonts' website

Brendel Informatik GmbH is a major offender... on the site I found a set of PDFs which overview which fonts Brendel ripped off. Sorry for posting that link. :(

riccard0's picture

Font forgery has been going on the decades I’m afraid

Font forgery exist since fonts exist.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Many things said on that "Font Forging Industry" web site are true, but some of them are false, and there are a fair number of misleading things stated or implied on that site. Most notably, the use of the term "forging" is not consistent with normal English usage: in English a "forgery" is something which claims to be something valuable which it is not. Most of the cases Uli writes about are cases where something imitates something else, but under a different name, OR is in fact stolen material under a different name.

Cheers,

T

bowfinpw's picture

York Script (a.k.a Yorkshire) is a revival of an old film type as far as I know. It is shown in the Solotype Catalog on p.96, as part of a series of Y and Z named script styles. I realize these names may have been Solotype's own inventions in many cases. "Yorkshire" seems identical and shows up in a 1993 German type book of Script Types as coming from a foundry called Typo Bach in Frankfurt and Munich. Whose revival is legitimate is not easy to say in many cases, although reputations have been established by the type community, presumably based on some knowledge that I don't have. Opti had a York Script, and I know of three other aliases used by sources of fonts I do not trust at all.

- Mike Yanega

Mark Simonson's picture

York originated at Filmotype back in the 1950s.

bowfinpw's picture

Thanks Mark. I had a feeling you would have known the origin.

- Mike Yanega

Mark Simonson's picture

In this case, it's mainly because I've been involved in the Filmotype revival project ( http://www.filmotype.com/ ). The name was familiar.

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