Can anyone ID this sans-serif? And how would you classify it?

Landitus's picture

Hi, can anyone ID this sans-serif? Also, are there any similar typefaces around. I'm having a hard time trying to find typos of the same kind. Maybe it's because I can't just find a good clasification name for this. I know its a modern or contemporary sans-serif. But I just can't get it.

Thanks a lot!

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Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Fernando,

it looks familiar, but I can't name it.

Also, are there any similar typefaces around. I’m having a hard time trying to find typos of the same kind. Maybe it’s because I can’t just find a good clasification name for this.

In this thread the term ‘square sans’ has been coined. It also lists a lot of alternatives.

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Florian Hardwig's picture

P.S. It’s not Foundry Form Sans, is it?

J Weltin's picture

Yes, it is.

Florian Hardwig's picture

The Foundrytypes website cries for an overhaul …

Landitus's picture

LOL, thanks a lot! all info has been very very helpful!

aluminum's picture

It's a bit more stylized, but Kontrapunkt might fit into that style family as well:

http://www.kontrapunkt.dk/news/ddprize_typeface_of_the_year_2004

James Clough's picture

This type is very familiar to Londoners like myself. It is Edward Johnston's Transport Alphabet digitized by Banks & Miles for London Transport (1988) and then probably snapped up by ITC. The design was commissioned by Frank Pick who was the commercial manager of the London Electric Railway Company in 1916 — exactly one hundred years after the first showing of a sans serif type by the London founder William Caslon IV. Johnston's alphabet is the first sans (or 'gothic' as the Americans say) that owes a design debt to humanistic script and roman epigraphic capitals. The model was greatly improved by Johnston's friend and collaborator Eric Gill with his eponymous Gill sans which was produced by the English Monotype company in 1927.

James Clough's picture

Ooops! Bad mistake there! I was looking at the title and failed to open the attachment. Please excuse me. I'm not so familiar with this site.

Florian Hardwig's picture

James, that was very simpatico!
:D

tungsteno's picture

welcome james!
:^)

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