Author Archives: Anna Malsberger

Rodchenko

Did the rigor of the grid bring bread to the proletariats or liberation to the Gulag? Depends on whose manifesto you pulled from the press, or which agitprop poster you peeled from the wall. While these posters’ political impact may be unquantifiable, their design principles were precise—bold and geometric. Alongside architects, painters, and designers,...

FE-Schrift

For almost seven decades, the numerals on German license plates were punched with characters from the typeface DIN 1451—a progeny of the 1920s Constructivist design movement. As the acronym suggests (DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung, or German Institute for Standardization), the font was ubiquitous along the autobahn. By the late 1990s, however,...

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Andralis ND

Andralis ND wants to write a story for the ages. Quaint and hardy in equal measures, the text family has a gentle voice, and its angular forms give the characters a hand-crafted tenor: enduring and just a bit rustic. It’s a typeface for fairytales and mythologies, for fables and histories. While it’s not a...

Contempo Elan

Type designer Wesley Poole‘s foray into the discipline was as a sign painter in Napa Valley—origins that inform the stylish vigor and detailed craft of his new typeface, Contempo Élan. Classical and audacious in equal measures, the face refuses to conform to expectations of a traditional script. The unusual widths become a retro trellis...

FF Meta Serif

After fielding over a decade of requests clamouring for a serif to complement to his seminal sans FF Meta, Erik Spiekermann’s studio finally released the long-awaited FF Meta Serif in November 2007. Throughout the ’90s, Spiekermann attempted to create serif counterpart but was repeatedly unsatisfied. The new serif seams were difficult to conceal, making...