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U8

Overview

Fatype is very pleased to present the latest addition to our growing catalogue of typefaces: U8, a new geometric sans serif, with seven weights, designed by Anton Koovit.

Anton started U8 as a research project about the Berlin subway system signage and particularly the U8 that connects the northern borough of Reinickendorf with Neukölln in the south of the city, through the Alexanderplatz junction. His goals were to restore a piece of history, to research a link between the DIN and Bauhaus, and to translate the lettering of individual handcrafted station signage into a formal typeface. Apart from the regular weight’s upper and lower case, glyphs such as numbers, and other weights, had to be created by the designer, allowing for his contemporary interpretation. The result is an early modernist typeface, with wider proportions than most common geometric sans, a strong character, and a clean design. Initially intended for display purposes, U8 has proven to work well in text sizes.

Italic styles will also be release in a few months.

U8 is available at Fatype.

Comments

I like this very much, not just for the typeface itself but because of the story and passion behind it. I would love to see some of the research material and photo behind it. Success, David

David Quay

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