Thinking of Buying FF DIN, which styles should I get?

carlgraham7's picture

I'm thinking of buying FF DIN.

Which style would you guys say are most important?

I wanna just get Regular, Bold, and Italic but the Medium, Black and Condensed look so tempting. Should I get italics for each variation?

Except, $915 for the whole collection is a little ridiculous for my budget.
Does anyone know if FontFont gives student discounts? :D

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Text: For the most basic use reg, italic and bold is fine. A really complicated editorial task might need medium or semibold+italics (or even better, a smaller optical size) and at times also a bold italic. But is DIN a text face? And how dark do you want your "regular" to be?

Display: Anything goes, but the zeitgeist seems to be high contrasts: very dark vs. very light, thick vs. thin, or ornateed/untypical details: and in the case of DIN, perhaps the rounded version. Editorial work is much more convenient with a condensed and a compressed version.

Disclaimer: This all depends on the kind of work you want to do.

carlgraham7's picture

Thanks! I was wondering though: if you're using a Regular weight for your copy, when you bold that, do you use Medium (if there is one) or Bold as defined by the foundry?

The same goes for if you were using Light: do you “bold” it with Regular, or with Medium, or with Bold?

Or is it up to the setter?

I guess why I'm asking is, in the case of DIN, should I get regular, bold (skipping medium), and italic? or medium, bold, and medium italic?

Frode Bo Helland's picture

This depends on the typeface, as some faces have more weights than others. Pick a bold that have enough contrast.

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