1920s - geometric - bauhaus? - headline - caps only font

stw's picture

Im making some works for my application for studying design. One of the works that im doing for it is designing a displayfont. The idea which I have is too combine some different styles together. The forms are based a bit on russian constructivism, 1920 bauhaus and din. Also my idea was only to use uppercase letters, uppercase ligatures and enclaves and some alternates like the trajan.

First I constructed the letters clearly but later i decided to give the letters a bit more character and gave them a dirty outline, try to let them look like worse printed overfilled letters.

At the moment I just finished the normal alphabet and numerals. Before I continue my work I would like to know what you think about the idea and if my letters are correct!?

Thanx: Steven

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cerulean's picture

I like it. The rough look works well.

Your "A" is too tall, I think; only a sharp point would make an overshoot like that necessary.

stw's picture

oh yes you are right! Haven't seen it before. Thanx, but then the V and W are too tall too. They have the same size like the A.

curtze's picture

to me the 4 seems a bit overweight in comparison, and the G is too bulky on the right-hand side. don't know about the 9 falling over.

the overall impression is very nice, however, and i think i definitely has an impact of its own. nice work!


hrant's picture

Nice. I just had a vision for the lc: make the x-height the height of the
caps, with long ascenders, and very short (or like Hobo, no) descenders.

BTW, where did you get the term "enclaves"?


stw's picture

Thanx for the idea with the lowercase. Sounds really good. Maybe I will add the lowercase letters later. But at the moment I just have 2 more months to finish my work which I want to use as references to become a graphic design student. I cant rest for a long time on this project because I have to finish 40 workings for it.

Re: BTW: I found the term "Enklaven" on google image search while i was searching after "Ligaturen"


I dont know if the term is correct!? How would you call these things!?

hrant's picture

Well, godspeed, as they say.

Enclave: I don't think it can be incorrect, simply because
I've never heard a [distinct] term for that! I might've once
heard something based on "nest" (maybe in something con-
cerning Mantinia or Sophia, dunno) but apparently it wasn't
memorable... And I actually like "enclave" a lot. I'd give it a
Strong Buy recommendation. :-)


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