Din vs Din Next and Trade Gothic vs Trade Gothic Next

timaarts's picture

Who knows what the difference is? Besides being designed by different designers.

Cheers

riccard0's picture

“The new typeface’s refinements included special rethinking of details such as the letters’ terminals and stroke endings, as well as the fonts’ spacing and the kerning.” (http://www.linotype.com/5737/tradegothicnext.html)

“Many additional features were added into the typeface during the design process. Each font includes small caps and oldstyle figures. There are also a number of alternates”. (http://www.linotype.com/5798/dinnext.html)

timaarts's picture

Thanks Riccardo, I should have Googled a bit further so it seems.

Do you think it makes any difference in webfont rendering?

riccard0's picture

Do you think it makes any difference in webfont rendering?

That would mainly regard hinting, so you will need to compare directly the output of the various offerings.
For example: http://webfonts.fonts.com/en-US/Project/ChooseFonts?fontQuery=din

oldnick's picture

“Next” = “New and Improved” = Adspeak for “Buy Me”

Stephen Coles's picture

“Next” is simply Linotype’s label for typefaces that they feel have been revised enough to warrant a new name. Some are more comprehensive revisions than others. Of course, marketing does have something to do with this, but the distinction is also useful because the typefaces really are different.

The Next label has no direct relation to webfont quality. As Riccardo said, the best way to judge that is by viewing screenshots. Webfonts.fonts.com offers the two Trade Gothics and DIN Next. DIN (the original name is indeed all caps) is also available as FF DIN Web (no screenshots yet available, but I can tell you it's quite good) and PF Din (screenshots), which is quite a different design.

timaarts's picture

Thanks all.

Looking forward to the future when high res monitors will display everything crisp and sharp.

Té Rowan's picture

I think everyone on here wants a 50-dots-per-mm display.

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