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.
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