Christoph Niemann's charming grotesk

presta's picture

Hello, all. The illustrator Christoph Niemann has a monthly column in the NY Times. I love the grotesk face he uses on these recent illustrations, but can't quite figure out what it is – those terminals (and the 'a'!) are a little too quirky for WhatTheFont.

But not for you – what is it? Thanks for the help!

Chris Keegan's picture

Looks like a precursor to Helvetica, but too tired to hunt for it now. Maybe someone else recognizes it.

Dan Petter's picture

It's very close to Akzidenz Grotesk. The ascender of the t doesn't quite match, and the a's design (featuring the spur) seems to have been borrowed from a thinner weight.

Ryuk's picture

May be Theinhardt?

presta's picture

Definitely a Helvetica precursor, I agree, but not even close to either of the Akzidenz families I have (Berthold and… Adobe?). Ryuk, Theinhardt is excruciatingly close, but the 'e' and 'a' are quirkier in the face pictured above - thanks for turning me on to that font, though.

We're still hunting. Chris, maybe you've rested up? I believe in you, typophiles.

presta's picture

On review, I can't decide if it's Theinhardt or not. Laying the a sample over this image in photoshop, it looks like the 'e' and the 'a' are indeed different, but I'll be damned if everything else isn't exactly the same. Am I crazy?

monsieur monde's picture

It’s definitely Theinhardt Medium. If there is anything quirkier or slightly different, it will be the result of low resolution and hinting. The ascender of the t, the bulky a and the exclamation mark match perfectly.

presta's picture

You're right, monsieur. Thanks all, and great ID, Ryuk!

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