Favorite Constructivist Typefaces

Miss Tiffany's picture

Every designer probably has at least one typeface inspired by the Constructivist movement (could also be De Stijl). Share?

Miss Tiffany's picture

(I've searched Typophile and have looked through those threads. I'm just hoping for some new ideas.)

david h's picture

El Lissitzky

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Tiff, when first starting to design types, it makes sense to start with constructed types, as they are easy. They are to type designers as "Smoke on the Water" is to guitarists.

dan_reynolds's picture

when first starting to design types, it makes sense to start with constructed types

Speaking of which, I have a little constructivist type which will come out with Volcano Type any day now. Should appear on MyFonts.com, too.

Are you looking for a constructivist face ;-)

dan_reynolds's picture

I played around with something like that once… I saw lettering in a German church made our of simple, repeated shapes like that. I tried to digitize it, but it just wasn't the same.

oldnick's picture

Architectuur is a recent commercial release of mine, based on the work of H. Th. Wijdeveld, of Wendingen fame.

For zero dollars, you can check out De Stencil, a freeware font also based on authentic references.

dezcom's picture

Tiff,
Are you looking for historic Constructivist fonts or just fonts that have been constructed or done in the intended style of geometric construction? Many Da Da fonts were actually not constructed.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Old Nick,
I like your Architecture face!

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

P22 DeStijl is a good one too:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/p22/destijl/

ChrisL

istitch's picture

might not be the first thing you think of when you think constructivist but…

http://www.stormtype.com/penta.html

there's also…
http://www.stormtype.com/politica.html

lauren d.'s picture

definitly love me some some El Lisitskii.

these Bruno Monguzzi typo-based posters are fantastic:

http://www.posterpage.ch/exhib/ex42_mon/ex42_mon.htm

peter_bain's picture

two personal inspirations:

- josef albers
- the constructed alphabets of Douglas R. Hofstadter (The debunker of Knuth's Meta-Font once gave a talk at Cooper Union and talked about his investigations of things graphic)

plus http://www.incipit.com/typefaces2.html (which is overdue for OT)

dezcom's picture

P22 has a collection called the "Modernist Collection"

http://www.p22.com/products/Modernistpack.html

which has the Albers and 24 other fonts.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Has Tiff ever come back to this thread to see what everyone has "shared"?

:-)

ChrisL

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. I have been watching. :^) Thank you!! (Thanks Chris for keepin' me real.)

I'm just disappointed in the typeface that my clients ended up choosing. Oh well. This is a great resource thread anyway. :^)

Little Lady's picture

Hello people out there, I'm new to this site but I would really appreciate some help. Ive been searching for an actual constructivst typeface, (not a modern version) but a true old one. Could anyone tell me where to look for one of these. Any help at all would be most appreciated! Cheers.

Little Lady's picture

oops, spelt constructivist wrong!

dezcom's picture

Little Lady,
I am not sure what you mean by "Actual" if you want something in digital form? Or are you looking for letterpress type (wood or metal)?
I have just finished designing a Constructivist type based on a 1923 Weimar Bauhaus poster. I attempted to make a faithfull version but it was done 2 days ago so it isn't exactly "a true old one"--I can post a PDF sample when I get home this evening.

Otherwise, the modern versions mentioned above may suit your needs. The "Modernist Pack" from P22 has numerous styles to choose from.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

I tried to post a PDF of my new bauhaus typeface in the critique area:

http://typophile.com/node/18796

It wouldn't let me so all you will see there is the PNG file for now.

ChrisL

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