(x) Old Helvetica cut? - Scandia {self (Stian S)}

pneuma's picture

This is most likely some form of Helvetica, but i can't seem to find any information on it. It looks more or less like a cross between Helvetica Neue + Railway Alphabet + Akzidenz Grotesk.. I know it was used quite extensively across the Norwegian railway network in the 80's, and i can recall seeing it in print in magazines from the same decade.

Most people would probably pass it for a regular Helvetica cut, but i know it isn't (just have a look at the lower case 'a' and 's').. I've seen numbering as well, though i can't find any examples; all i know is that the numbers look even more like Akzidenz, though not quite..

I reckon it looks perfect for signage, so I would really like to know if it exists in digital form. Any help would be appreciated :)

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1985's picture

?

oldnick's picture

As a former Compugraphic 8400 operator, I must disagree. The sample shown is NOT the Shannon which was designed for Compugraphic; this is...

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/shannon/

nor is it Triumvirate, which was Compugraphic's knock-off of Helvetica.

1985's picture

It is definitely not GGX88 either, Nick!

Are you sure it is isn't just a modified Helvetica?
Strange that the a and c have angular terminals, the s horizontal.

pneuma's picture

thanks for all the help, but i'm still not sure i've found it.
Another example here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Lorenskogstasjon.jpg

1985's picture

I think that the second sample has wider characters and the 'o' looks rounder, do you not think?

pneuma's picture

problem solved; it's called "Scandia". Can't find it anywhere though... :(

Florian Hardwig's picture

How did you find out?

pneuma's picture

intricate googling :) searched for 'nsb' (railway company), 'helvetica' and 'myriad' (current corporate font of the company), and found an old forum discussing previous fonts used by nsb..

Florian Hardwig's picture

Alright, thanks.

1985's picture

Interesting, shame we don't know more.

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