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Rounded Sans

1901 Rounded Sans ID & Research

As part of my research for the revival project at Type@Cooper, I found this printed specimen online (preview attached) with a great rounded sans titled Breite runde Grotesk.

It is sourced as from "Schriftproben, C.G. Naumann, 1901". This is a printer's book and I'm looking for both more info (foundry/designer/context) and for a better specimen (full alpha at least).

Thanks everyone,

Gravur Condensed

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Designed by Cornel Windlin & Gilles Gavillet 1996-2001

Published by Lineto

One of the key features of everyday life in switzerland is standardisation, ranging from the look of waste bags to the design of letterboxes. interestingly, and maybe perversely, 99% of all swiss letterboxes and door bells are inscribed in exactly the same way. there must be a whole army of name plate engravers all over the country, all using exactly the type style. i redraw the font together with gilles gavillet, generating 5 different weights (and an unpublished set of 5 alternate fonts).

Courier Sans

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Designed by Practise & James Goggin 1994-2001

Published by Lineto

courier sans was originally designed in 1994 during the first year of my graphic design degree in order to circumvent the college’s tyrannical “courier only” rule of their pseudo-basel ‘basic typography’ exercises. by taking the generic macintosh system font and cutting off all the serifs, a pleasantly anonymous and functional, yet somehow stylish sans serif was created. i received a third for the exercise, but was able to refute accusations of rule-breaking with the answer: “ah, but you see: it’s courier SANS!”


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Designed by Joel Nordström 2002

Published by Lineto

The logo of a RAYGIL coffee machine was the starting point for this caps-only stencil font. The designer of the logo probably used a variant of Frankfurter and made a stencil version of the 6 characters he needed. KADA was drawn from scratch without further reference to Frankfurter and the result now serves well as a very bold and graphic headline typeface, offering 2 alternate character sets on the upper case and lower case within the same font.


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Designed by Patrick Griffin 2006

Published by Canada Type

Coconut is a round and heavy unicase font with the techno, squarish, grid-based squeeze that of late seems part of almost every contemporary pop designs. It works as the 21st century display substitute to tired last-century horses like Frankfurter, VAG, or the rounded Helveticas, Futuras, and DINs out there.

Coconut and Coconut Shadow come in all popular font formats, with a complete character set that is loaded with alternates. Check out the character map for a real techno treat.

P22 Platten

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Designed by Richard Kegler 2003 Published by International House of Fonts

P22 Platten is based on a lettering found in a German fountain pen practice book in the 1920s. (You may have seen the similar Speedball books in the US). This round tip pen lettering is comparable to the basic forms used grammar school teaching alphabets, but with a few original characteristics.

Claude Sans

Helvetica Rounded

VAG Rounded

FF Unit Rounded

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Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz, Erik van Blokland, 2008

Designer and FontShop founder Erik Spiekermann notes that “round typefaces keep going in and out of fashion, for many reasons. One of them always has been the media the face would be used for: type on screens and back-lit signs suffers from radiant light. Sharp type will look blunt, and the amount of bluntness that occurs is usually unpredictable. Then came Web 2.0 and rounded typefaces made a major comeback. I think they are here to stay, both as a fashion statement and for physical reasons, like in the old days. There will always be bad media which needs indestructible fonts.”