Looking for a font with a geometric and boxy feel

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Looking for a font with a geometric and boxy feel
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Hello,

I am looking for a font to match my logo. It should have a somewhat boxy feel to it. Right now I am using FF Din, I just wish it was available in small caps. Can anybody think of a better font?

It should be simple, pure, minimalist, geometric, highly visible at small sizes, and it should be a good fit for the logo.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Another variation of the logo can be seen on my [[http://www.designbits.de|website]]. The font is FF Tisa and it's not boxy at all but rather strikes a balance between the logo and the font itself.

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You have a pencil and some paper. You have a computer. Make it yourself!

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You have a pencil and some paper. You have a computer. Make it yourself!

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Have you seen Ibis?

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Maybe a flavor of Panoptica?

hhp

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Ibis is nice. But why would you go for a serif font here, Frank?

Panoptica is nice too. But it has sooo much character. And it doesn't feel techy enough to me in this particular context. I'm a little afraid it will drive attention away from my logo to the font also. Wouldn't a simpler font, such as FF Din, be a better option...?

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I’m not sure if Ibis fits your bill. You just asked for square-ish types and I responded. DIN sits quite nicely with your mark, but the whole thing might be a little bland … It is certainly not bad though.

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I would probably use Blender and redraw both the type and icon so they have more or less the same angles.

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Blender OT is nice!
Wouldn't it be enough if I redraw just the icon?
I'm not exactly a type designer, so I wouldn't even know how to redraw the shape of a letter in Illustrator...

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It could be good enough I guess. But I think you should aim for the stars.

It's not that difficult really, you can use the original typeface for reference.

And it's way more satisfying. :)

You do have to be a bit comfortable working with illustrator.

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I'm usually late to the party, and wearing shorts while the rest are in suits. However, my curiosity overpowered my antisocial tendencies. I currently have only one commercially available font, that just happens to be a boxy sans. I threw it together with your mark just to see if it would stick to the wall.

I'm inclined to repeat timaarts' comment about making the mark and the type play off each other. That makes for a much more cohesive logo and less likely to get ripped off, by the design trolls.

In which case, my offering wouldn't work at all in your current mark iteration. But, there it is.

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Hi Jeff,

Thanks for joining this "party". I'm afraid this time it's me who is a little late.

It's weird but of those four logos you suggested I like the first one best. Is it the one I created or is it a pure coincidence that you used FF Din as well?

I'm a bit confused because I can't see what logos were posted in this thread before. I suppose that Typophil automatically deletes images after a certain amount of time has passed.

Anyway, I would be curious to know how to plot the shape of the "d" in FF Din onto my logo mark in order to make the two look more coherent. Can anybody suggest a good tutorial on this?

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Tintin,

That first one is yours. I guess I should have labeled them.

As far as getting the mark and the type to play off each other, I don't know of any sources that offer tutorials. I think it's one of those things you have to observe in other well crafted logos and try and incorporate in your own designs. I think you've got a start by using similar colors and not using a serif font. And copying the "D" mark into the type wouldn't work.

Perhaps find logo books at the library or book store. I find hand drawing really good logos gives me a feel for how they were crafted and hopefully sticks a little in my brain.

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It is a bit plain, but I like the first one you posted, J Lomax. The curves in the other ones seem a bit random and out of place; like they just don’t fit well there.