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Zwartika (ultra black display face)


I just saw the following post: http://typophile.com/node/119543
I was going to comment there with some shameless self-promotion, as the postwar theme relates strongly to what I've been doing in the past weeks. However, I wanted to give so much background information that it would just be embarrassing to present that in the aforementioned thread.

First off, I'm going to tell something about the project so if you're only interested in the typeface, scroll down.

Price Lock-ups Helvetica Neue

Greetings everyone. Love some advice on type treatments for price lockups that look elegant on screen. Have a client who employs Helvetica Neue (licensed) as it's corporate type face and I'm struggling to create an elegant system for displaying potentially verbose number amounts. Example: $329.87 looks fine small but at larger sizes gets clunky. Any thoughts or comments appreciated.

Kerning Helvetica?

Can you guys educate me about some general rules to be followed while kerning Helvetica. And can you point out the shortcomings in terms of kerning in the piece below and suggest any improvements. It looks alright to me but you guys are better at this. I really want some help with kerning lowercase "r" and "t".

Thanks, I really appreciate the help.

Helvetica Neue Alternative for theme... must look very much like the iOS Header fonts.

I need a FREE font, that is VERY SIMILAR to the font used in iOS Headers. As far as I know, this is Helvetica Neue, but I can't use the free webfont version as I need to be able to distribute it... this is for a free page heme for tumblr, so no profit is made from this.

The Tale Of Helvetica & Comic Sans

I thought this community might be interested in The Tale of Helvetica & Comic Sans by Bertie Wells. Is there a pending class war represented by those that use Helvetica in their work and those that use Comic Sans?

Here's the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsZGXf9ecoM
Here's the song on Bandcamp: http://bertiewells.bandcamp.com/track/the-tale-of-helvetica-comic-sans

Sort of like Arial Rounded MT?

I found this image via an online photo archive belonging to an artist here in the NL. I'm no typographer but it looks like a slightly wider version of Arial Rounded MT, no? Particular attention towards P, L, C, M, E, and S... very rounded, even 'techno/space-like'. After exhausting the powers of online type queries I am hoping that someone here can help identify this particular face. One thing the artist mentioned was that it was highly possible it was a free font and dated around 2008.

I know the text itself might be small but I think it's possible to make out the differences of the type.

Thanks a lot, Typophiles! : )

Greek Font (Helvetica?)

I am not sure whether a greek font is something that users of this forum can recognize, but all my greek forum attempts failed.
I would like to know if anyone can recognize this font.
It looks like a greek helvetica but all the greek helveticas I have found do not have this kind of gamma (γ).
Usually it looks like a y but this font has a more rounded lower part.
Thank you very much.

Potential alternatives to Akzidenz Grotesk Condensed?

After almost seven years of putting it off the time has finally come to assemble a portfolio and stationary etc. Over the last few months I've been looking at a number of typefaces to use for 'branding' myself so to speak and have almost certainly settled on Akzidenz Grotesk Condensed Light and Regular.

The things I love –

  • The vertical sides to the C, D, G, O and Q characters.
  • It's subtly square–ish appearance (for example the bowl on the P and R characters).
  • The straight diagonal leg of the R character.
  • It's history and heritage.
  • I love condensed fonts.
  • It is very utilitarian and simple.
    • The things I do not love –

    Helvetica – the definitive version?


    Hello all,

    I've had a check through previous posts but not found this exact topic, please redirect me if there is.

    So what is your chosen version of Helvetica? Or should I say Helvetica Neue (as most people will be using as opposed to the original digit 'cut').

    From working at various design agencies, studios, other people's computers etc I have probably used every version of Helvetica going. There are many, plus now we also have Christian Schwarz's digitized Neue Haas Grotesk to content with. But is it possible to advise and settle the issue? Is one foundry's version objectively the best?

    Please discuss!



    Asian web font equivalents of Helvetica Neue and Baskerville Italic?


    I'm an Asian font newbie utterly flummoxed with trying to find appropriate web fonts for a website.

    For western European languages the site will use Helvetica Neue Light, Helvetica Neue Bold and Baskerville Italic.

    But the site will also appear in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean, and I'm trying to find web fonts for those languages that are appropriate equivalents of Helvetica Neue and Baskerville Italic.

    Googling for recommendations has just confused me further. Some people even suggest there's no sense using web fonts for Asian character sets because the file sizes would be impractically large. Others suggest that italic fonts aren't appropriate.

    Can anyone help suggest what approach I should take here?

    Any advice very much appreciated.

    Grey Sans


    Please check out my first font release, Grey Sans!

    Grey Sans is a contemporary sans with an angular design. Routed in both modern geometry and historical handwriting, Grey Sans bridges the gaps of neutrality and warmth, precision and humanism, and serious and fun. Grey Sans covers the grey areas of typeface design.

    Available at:
    MyFonts | Fontspring | YouWorkForThem | HypeForType | Fonts.com

    Thank you.

    Gametica Typography Board Game

    As I am a big fan of typography and board games, I decided to combine these two passions into one. Gametica is a simple board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls. Like other cross and circle games, it is similar to the Indian Pachisi. In my version on board I added icons on the board symbolize additional tasks.The 140 cards has been added to the game with questions about Helvetica, typography and design. The whole project is based on the world's most popular font Helvetica.

    Where is "Helvetica Script?"


    Hi gang! I only post infrequently, but I was puzzled about something lately and had to ask ... with all the riffs and homages to Helvetica over the years, hasn't anyone done a script version of the typeface? I assumed this would be simple to find, but after a bit of searching, I came up with nothing.

    It seems to me that such a face could be not only beautiful (and in some ways, funny), but also fill what I perceive as a void of highly legible, non-expressive modern script faces.

    I've attached a ridiculously rough sketch of what I'm talking about ... I'd love any leads to a face like this, and any opinions on whether such a face would be a terrible idea or not. Thanks!

    Comic Sans: The Documentary

    I am posting to let everyone know that we are working with filmmaker Scott Hutcheson to produce a documentary film about the world's most controversial font, Comic Sans. The font's designer Vincent Connare has said, "If you love it, you don't know much about typography. If you hate it, you don't know much about typography, either, and you should get another hobby." We agree with the first part of that statement. For nearly ten years now, our hobby has been hating on Comic Sans with the ban comic sans campaign.

    In the vein of the Helvetica film, Hutcheson will explore the world's love/hate relationship with Comic Sans by interviewing top designers including Shepard Fairey, designer of the iconic Obama HOPE image.