This week’s font is Boberia designed by Swedish typedesigner Bo Berndal in 1994. This font actually looks older than it is with hommage to art deco. I love the numbers and the caps, but unfortunely I don’t have that many art deco projects in my drawer ;-)
By Boberia at Linotype.
This week’s font input is Walbaum. It was designed in 1800 by Justus Erich Walbaum. I think this font is astounding, designed more than 200 years ago it is a real oldtimer but it looks so modern. This is one of my all time fave fonts the a and the k is simply pieces of art. Lucky me I am fortunate enough to be working on a project where it fits perfectly so I get to look at this tresure every day.
Buy Walbaum at Linotype.
This week’s font is Fenice. It was designed in 1980 by Aldo Novarese.
I am amazed that this font was designed in the 80′ties, it looks so modern and classic at the same time. I love the razorsharp terminals and the contrast in letters.
Buy Fenice at Linotype.
This week’s font is Onyx. It was designed more than 70 years ago in 1937 by American font designer Gerry Powell.
I love this font for it’s huge contrast and ultra condensed look. A fantastic neo classic display font.
You can buy the font at Linotype.
This weeks font is a true oldtimer. Normande was done by the German font foundry H. Berthold AG established in 1858 by Hermann Berthold. As far as I can figure out Normande was designed by Hermann Berthold himself around 1860. In 1993 the original H. Berthold AG company closed their doors due to financial trouble but the font distribution was taken over by the American company Berthold Types Ltd.
I think this font is a fantastic display font because it has enormous wight but also really fine detail, the contrast is huge. These neo classic displayfonts have really been making a comeback and I think Normande should too. In fact I think I’m gonna use it myself for a coming project.
I’m gonna start something new here on Inspiration Lab. I was trying to organize my fontarchive last week and in the process I looked at so many great fonts that I think are so overlooked and I thought HANG ON! why not give credit to these great pieces of design.
I think I had about 10000 fonts in my Linotype Fontexplorer and after clearing out all the crap dingbats, grungy 90′s fonts, free really badly drawn fonts with awful kerning and just plain weird ones that I’d never use I ended up with about 3000 usable ones.
So each week I will name a font from my archive that I think should be used. This is of course totally subjective and you are welcome to drop comments on my choices. It would also be great if you know of work done with the fonts I post. Please send links if you do.
The first font I want to show you is one of my first great loves when I got into font design. Zapf Book was designed in 1976 by German legend font designer Herman Zapf (he’ll be 90 this winter and still working). Zapf Book has such a timeless elegance and will bring grace to any text set with it. Look at the details and see the diagonal stroke going down to the bowl of the a, the sharp contrast of the Kk and the curvyness of the leg on the letter R. I declare my undying love for this font!
Buy Zaph book at Linotype.