Quick and Easy r0

by riccard0

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My version of Jan Tschichold’s “Schmale Grotesk - Leicht und schnell konstruierbare Schrift” (narrow grotesque - font that is easy and quick to construct), from 1930.

Turns out it isn’t always “quick and easy” to translate a pen and straightedge approach to constructed letters into Fontstruct’s prefabricated bricks setting.

In expanding the glyph coverage, I tried to remain true to the spirit of the original self imposed limitations, both in terms of grid (e.g. the cramped space for the uppercase diacritics), and of tools (see the solution for  superscripts et similia).

The font covers all of Google Fonts Basic set and, given the c-caron present in the source, all of Czech orthography. I may try to add other Eastern European languages in the future.

For different takes on the same source, you can look at Serious, here on Fontstruct, or at Iwan Reschniev, for an extensive expansion in weights and typographic features.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome :-)


The original plate by Jan Tschichold

Comment by riccard0 Tue, 30th april

My reconstruction

Comment by riccard0 Wed, 1st may

I wonder what they look like on top of eachother (with different colors to tell the two apart)?

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) Wed, 1st may

@Bryndan Unfortunately the original image is a bit deformed, thus it would be difficult to achieve such comparison, but I tried to recreate it as accurately as possible, even when it strayed from the strictness of the grid (see, for example, some of the diagonals).

Comment by riccard0 Wed, 1st may

Nice and fidedign reconstruction, @riccard0!

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 1st may

Recovering this type of typographic work has always seemed very necessary to me. Thank you.

Comment by elmoyenique Wed, 1st may

@elmoyenique Thanks, as always, for the kind words :-)

Comment by riccard0 Wed, 1st may

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