>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.5 - Intermediate Level

Florian Hardwig's picture

This is how it works:

  • A complete glyph is published in the Type ID Pop Quiz.
  • Try to identify the typeface. To win, you need to name both the typeface and the weight.
  • Show off your knowledge by casually mentioning additional trivia, like who designed it, when and by whom was it (first) published, and other cool stuff to impress your fellow Typophiles with.
  • The winner produces a new challenge -- a complete glyph, black on white background, presented in a 288 x 288 pixel square, including a R204G000B00 1 pixel border.
  • The person who posts a challenge can't win the next game.

In case of any disputes, Mr Bald Condensed or me will act as judge, jury and avenging angel of wrath.

If you think this is a little too difficult, maybe try the Entry Level Type ID Pop Quiz first. Too easy? Go to the Expert Level Type ID Pop Quiz.

Good luck everyone, and have fun. ;^)

With respectful thanks to the originator of this utterly useless but highly entertaining waste of time, the often imitated but never duplicated Cheshire Dave.

John Lyttle's picture

Here we go.

John Lyttle's picture

The design draws from the 1700s, the 1970s, and is dated 2007, 2009.

Mitchell Au's picture

Is it the alternate italic /N/ from Bell MT Bold?

John Lyttle's picture

Sorry, no. But you’re on the right track: the typeface in question is a revival of the typefaces by the designer who made that one for John Bell.

John Lyttle's picture

Another hint? This typeface made it onto the ILT short list (the reverse column on the right side of the blog).

eliason's picture

The swash /N/ from Commercial Type's Austin?

John Lyttle's picture

That’s it, Craig. It is indeed the swash /N/ from Austin. You’re up!

eliason's picture

Okay, here goes:

Birdseeding's picture

Is it a Comb Pro /r/?

eliason's picture

Yes, it's Comb, the monowidth face from OurType. Well done! You're up.

Birdseeding's picture

Oh great, I was uncertain about that one. Here's my next one:

Birdseeding's picture

By some accounts, this typeface is hard to categorise. Sans-serif, sure, but after that? Even the old rogue's fallback, "Display", doesn't apply here because it's primarily a very readable text face (though not at this weight obviously).

John Lyttle's picture

Is it a j from Bernhard Gothic Black from E+F? Incidentally, it looks a little like a glyph that a friend is designing for “Font Aid V: Made for Japan.”

Birdseeding's picture

Yeah, it's an different digital cut to the one above but it's Bernhard Gothic (Black) all right, Lucian Bernhard's "American answer to Futura". Ran into it a few months ago in an old comics magazine from the 40s, "Little Lulu", and it felt unusual, quirky, and ahead of its time. Strangely, it's almost got too much weird and ill-fitting detail at Display sizes (except perhaps in these ultra weights), but it's really a pleasure to read, and would even make a good web font, I think.

John Lyttle's picture

Here’s another glyph.

Nick Cooke's picture

FS Joey Regular.

John Lyttle's picture

Yes, Nick. It is Joey. Your turn …

Nick Cooke's picture

Try this for size.

Edit - How do you get that nice fine red border? mine too is supposed to be 1 pixel.

Birdseeding's picture

I created a 286x286 white image in Photoshop, set the red as the background colour, and changed the canvas size. ;)

No idea on your typeface, though. :)

nina's picture

Alternately, in an image that's already at 288×288px, draw a rectangular selection box over entire image, Edit > Stroke, set stroke to 1 px inside and select color.
But I don't know the font either. :)

riccard0's picture

Or use the pencil tool (while pressing shift).

No, no clues about the funny ampersand. :-)

Florian Hardwig's picture

Aha, it is Joshua Darden’s Birra Stout, right?
I recommend reading Karsten Luecke’s review on Typographica.

Nick Cooke's picture

Thanks for the info.

Yup, too easy for you Florian. OK, your turn now.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Alright, thank you. Here’s the new challenge:

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Corporate S SC bold

by Kurt Weidemann, 1985–1990 for Daimler/Mercedes Benz.
“American Grotesque”-like Sans Serif, part of the Corporate ASE Family. Digitized, expanded and made available commercially by URW++.

riccard0's picture

Yogh! :-)

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Too easy for this week. Too sad, too.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Of course it is – designed by Prof. Kurt Weidemann, who passed away this week. This oldstyle figure came up in a recent Type ID thread and is certainly one of the more peculiar glyphs of his seminal Corporate ASE trilogy.

Your turn, Indra.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Ugh, what do I have to do now? Post a glyph?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Yes, see the How-To at the top of this page.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Okay, no idea how “intermediate level” is supposed to feels like for you, but try this one:

Florian Hardwig's picture

‘Intermediate’ here implies that a full glyph is shown, while in the ‘Expert Level’, only a portion is presented to the guessers.
If there is little or no progress after a few days, providing a little hint is recommended.
As the creator of the last challenge, I can’t answer this one.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Sorry for being so beginnerish – I never took part before.
So, but you’d know the answer? (Of course you would :)

Florian Hardwig's picture

No problem! Great to have you here as a contributor.
No, I wouldn’t have known offhand, but I’d know where to look for it. :)

John Lyttle's picture

Is it this “retired” Jester by Robert Schenk of Ingrimayne Type?

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Yep! Awesome!
It’s Jester Res from here.

John Lyttle's picture

OK, here's a new glyph.

John Lyttle's picture

This typeface was developed for a gallery in 2005.

John Lyttle's picture

Another hint: it was released in 2010 by a UK type foundry.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

I know the answer but don't want to post a new letter.

John Lyttle's picture

I'm glad you figured it out, Indra, but also glad that you didn't post the answer (the rules say "The person who posts a challenge can't win the next game.")

Feel free to add another hint if you like, though.

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

Oh right, forgot about this rule. Mmh, another hint ... well, it's not so complete serif-less, no?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Alright, why not?
Is it the W from A2 Archi?

John Lyttle's picture

Florian, you correctly identified it as A2 Archi. Let's see what mysterious glyph you have up your sleeve …

Florian Hardwig's picture

Thank you!
Okay folks, what do you make of this?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Any hints? This typeface was released in 2011.

Florian Hardwig's picture

This typeface family covers 6 weights.

Florian Hardwig's picture

It was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the Type Directors Club of New York TDC².

John Lyttle's picture

Is it Tundra Bold by Ludwig Übele?

Florian Hardwig's picture

No, sorry, it isn’t.

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