Mies van der Rohe font?

Laura Marmash's picture

Hi all,

Did Mies van der Rohe design a font?
If so, what is it?

Thanks,
L

dezcom's picture

Not that I know of but the typical array of modernist fonts designed by others are used in association with his work.
I don't know if this exactly qualifies but he did design signage for the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Wickipedia states: "Even signage graphics were restricted to only white backlit letters within a black aluminum panel, and only in the specific font that Mies had designed for the T-D Centre.

ChrisL

_null's picture

I can't remember seeing a van der Rohe typefaces, but I can remember seeing some faces in the De Stijl journals - Theo van Doesberg. Kinda similar philosophies.

Obviously, the Bauhaus works incorporate those ideals. Might be a place to start. and as the learned gentleman above says, building signage is a good place to look for an architects type discipline.

Personally, I think van de Rohe would have been a fan of Futura.

_null's picture

Just found this in a Bauhaus book, it's dated after de Rohes arrival there:

blank's picture

I don’t think he designed type, but if he were alive today he would be using Helvetica Black Condensed over and over to match those hideous black office buildings he “designed” over and over.

1985's picture

O rly?

Laura Marmash's picture

Thanks for the helpful comments, everyone!

russellm's picture

Chris, Hmm I'll have to take another walk though the TD centre...

I'd bet place has been re-habed a zillion times since it went up, so who knows if opriginal signs still exist, but I'll post some pics.

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dezcom's picture

Thanks, Russell!

James,
Have you ever really seen his? His work is spectacular. The wannabe's stuff is the usual copycat crap.

ChrisL

mmurray's picture

I've never heard of a Mies Van Der Rohe typeface. Richard Neutra was heavily influenced by Mies and thus surely the gorgeous Neutraface.

As for Helv. Black Condensed... I picture Ludwig as being more of an Akzidenz kind of guy.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Maybe his handwriting has been digitized. Looked great on his designs.

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

bojev's picture

I found this in MIT Bauhaus book

Bert Vanderveen's picture

That is Futura.

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

russellm's picture

signage at the TD Centre in Torotno


most of these are clearly original. More recent signs do respect the original specs.


The street number signs were (I'd bet money) added quite recently in compliance with a city by-law.
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dezcom's picture

Thanks, Russel, for the detective work and sharing your photos with us.

The centered style seems a bit un-Mies like to me--or at least not what I would have expected

"The street number signs were (I’d bet money) added quite recently in compliance with a city by-law."

In Copperplate?

ChrisL

paragraph's picture

Whatever happened to the spacing in "A CCESS" and "E S CA LAT O R"? Or alignment of the second "C" in "CONCOURSE?

russellm's picture

… Copperplate?
yeah, go figure.

A CCESS could be a retrofit — Was the term even used to refer to an accessible route in 1968?. Wasn't it more like, "huh? what's an 'accessible route?'"

Actually, did the AIGA/DOT standard pictogram of the wheelchair even exist before the late '70s or early '80s.

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dezcom's picture

"Actually, did the AIGA/DOT standard pictogram of the wheelchair even exist before the late ’70s or early ’80s."

I think it began in the '60s, perhaps the big Expo in Toronto in 1967?

ChrisL

rcapeto's picture

FWIW, this is outdoor signage at his wonderful Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin).

russellm's picture

so Uh, what's the font?

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Reed Reibstein's picture

Chester Jenkins at Village designed a typeface based on van der Rohe's lettering for a book project by Michael Bierut. Check out pages 12 through 14 in this PDF.

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