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 –

      • The inconsistencies between weights – between light/regular and medium upwards, some of the characters change completely (B, J, K, Q, R at first glance)
      • For a personal project it's pretty expensive (You can't buy individual weights).

      With this in mind, I just want to make sure I'm not overlooking any alternatives. I've looked at Tungsten and Knockout from H+FJ, Univers Condensed, DIN, Trump Gothic by Canada Type – all of which have some aspects that I love, but there is usually something I really don't like also.

      Any suggestions?

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    eliason's picture

    Scout would seem to me to a more fitting idea from Font Bureau.

    Stackhaus23's picture

    Thanks Eliason – Scout is a pretty strong contender.

    Another reason I'm so glad this site exists.

    kentlew's picture

    Or Heron Sans — Cyrus’s other square-sided narrow sans family. Not quite as condensed as Scout, though.

    Stackhaus23's picture

    The conclusion I have arrived at, is that I would like Scout – if Scout had horizontal terminals.

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