Retail typefaces

Radio interview about U8

In this interview of Anton Koovit by Radio Spätkauf (Berlin), you can hear them wander in the Berlin underground and discuss about the history of the U8 typeface and the process of its re-creation.

New typeface: U8

We are very pleased to present the latest addition to our growing collection of retail 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 line 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, research a link between the DIN and Bauhaus, and 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. The typeface comes with a full character set for western and eastern european languages, and a number of OpenType features such as ligatures, smaller figures for text, tabular figures and fractions. Italic styles will also be released in a few months.

New typeface: Aleksei

We are very pleased to release Aleksei, a solid serif typeface mixing a contemporary design with the feeling of a classic text face. Anton Koovit started Aleksei in 2007, developing the design and adding styles over the years. It features a moderate contrast, adjusted for long running texts and small sizes, as well as some particular details such as convex serifs and rotating teardrops.

Aleksei comes in four weights, from thin to black, with their corresponding italics. All styles include an extensive character set with small capitals.

You can see more details, and the whole character set, in the PDF specimen.

Re-release: Adam

An original typeface influenced by both grotesk and humanist sans-serif, Adam is the first typeface published by Anton Koovit. It was started as his graduation project at TypeMedia in The Hague, with the idea to develop a typeface for art manifestos.

Adam is made of twelve styles, four of which are stencils “Cut” styles. All in a wide character set and small caps. A cyrillic version is also available upon request.

Have a look at the PDF specimen for more information.

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