Telefon, a Nordic geometric

Sindre's picture

The best gift I got for Christmas was a book about the design of the Norwegian telephone box (1933). So I got inspired, and drew some glyphs, and all of a sudden I had a whole alphabet. I didn't look at the telephone box lettering while I drew, I wanted to make letters resembling the Art Deco style there still were a lot of traces left of in Norway until the 80s (now, there's only a few phone boxes and some street signs left), without making a derivative of anything.

I've made some deliberately naïve old-school choices, this is not a polished, modern take on a geometric sans serif.

I have a bold (or rather an extra bold) weight half-drawn as well, and I think that's going to be the whole type family. I need to get something finished. All my former attempts have grown too large too soon, this is going to be my first finished project. But I need your help. Any kind of criticism is very, very welcome!

For extended character set, see the pdf.

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Trevor Baum's picture

It's a nice face, but it doesn't seem too different from Neutraface/Futura/Brandon Grotesque.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

On the contrary! It differs quite a lot from these, which in turn differ quite a lot themselves.

Bendy's picture

Oh, it's much cooler than those :)

Can't wait to hear/see what this book turns out to be!

Sindre's picture

Thanks, guys. I hope you're right. (And while drawing, I never once thought I made a Futura copy. Indeed, all typefaces based on a stick and a ball will appear similar to the untrained eye.)

eliason's picture

Glad to see you back Sindre! That serif face you previewed in the "cusped U" thread looks amazing. Will you be making a thread on it here?

Sindre's picture

Hello again, Craig. Yes, I think I will, if you think it's worthwile doing so. In fact, I've drawn a lot of stuff since I last posted on Tyhpophile, but I really don't want to outstay my welcome.

Bendy's picture

Sindre, I share Craig's anticipation to see more of your work — it's always been exciting and inspiring. I'd love to see you release something :)

nina's picture

Yes, what Bendy said! Good to see you round Sindre.

Sindre's picture

Thank you, Craig, Ben and Nina. It's really great seeing you all again! I've posted some stuff in the serif critique section now.

sam.curcio's picture

Is this font available for use? I love it!

Sindre's picture

Thank you very much, Sam. Yes, Telefon is available for licensing. Feel free to contact me at sindre.bremnes@gmail.com.

Sindre's picture

Hey, Telefon is becoming famous!
Very soon it will be released — along with several other typefaces you might know from the critique section of Typophile, and not only mine … stay tuned!

Bendy's picture

Go Sindre! :^)

hrant's picture

Congrats!

hhp

nina's picture

So well deserved! Warm congratulations, Sindre. I can hardly wait to see this (and more) out.

Sindre's picture

Thank you so much, friends! This typeface wouldn't have this good at all weren't it for your invaluable help.

Sindre's picture

And finally, today Telefon is released on Monokrom Type Foundry, founded by Frode Bo Helland and myself.

Thank you so much for all your help and support!

https://monokrom.no/fonts/telefon
https://monokrom.no/

Catharsis's picture

Congratulations!

By the way, I find your Satyr/Faunus font family ridiculously cool. I've been thinking of buying Cala or Quadraat as a letter-writing font, but I think yours might just have made the top of the list.

Sindre's picture

Thank you! Very kind and encouraging words. Satyr is released today too, as you might have found out.

hrant's picture

Yes, Satyr rules the forest.

hhp

Sindre's picture

Looks like this old thing somehow nailed the Zeitgeist, very much without at all trying. Telefon is now number four on FontShop's Popular-list. It wouldn't have happened without /node/66441. Thank you again!

hrant's picture

Wonderful!

hhp

piccic's picture

@Sindre: It looks very solid, very well drawn, and historically aware, so although it is a pleasant surprise in some way it is no surprise to see it is gaining success. It shows you developed it with lots of love for the source material, which is good! :-)

Northbay's picture

Great news! Congrats Sindre – Telefon is a wonderful creation.

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