Published: 7th April, 2019
Last edited: 15th August, 2022
Created: 7th April, 2019
GEO-PROTESQUE - Geometric grotesque typeface
This time I did a attempt to make a typical super rounded geometric grotesque typeface. Which is a very popular style for headline and display text. Although I tried to make a contemporary looking typeface, I kind of remained faithful to plain geometry. This font style is far from unique and could somewhat be compared with that of typefaces such as HAUS Sans, TT Norms and LL Circular
(3 great commercial pro fonts that were made by some great other designers!)
One of the most important rules for this font was to have near perfect circular letterforms in both upper and lowercase. To pull this off properly it required a large grid faux-Bézier approach.Everything else just enfolded along the way. The design, (obviously) a geometric grotesque, but also has a neo-grotesque feel as well. The almost quirky looking letter widths give this a very strong early 1900s feel.
While many letters mostly have even stroke width, upclose you'll notice some stroke width variation is going on after all. This to bring more conttract into certain area's.
The font is optimized for Body-Type in both Digital- and Print-use at very small point sizes. In Digital-display-use it performs crisp even as low as 9pts. (Not bad at all I think)
What suposed to be a revival of the "1957 Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Brabant" poster, original work by Wim Crouwel, actually failed terribly since I never peeked at the original while I made this (thought i had it well preserved in my memory, but seems I did not).