Brief introduction to the DIN typeface

Brief introduction to the DIN typeface

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Jules Holleboom

June 07, 2012
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    1 DIN 1451 // FF DIN FOUNDED DESIGN TYPE TYPE

    FOUNDRY ALSO KNOWN AS 1936 Ludwig Goller, Deutsches Institut für Normung Sans-serif Linotype GmbH FSI FontShop International ‘DIN-schrift’
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    2 In the 1920s major German industrial companies met to

    agree on all sorts of technical standardization including type standards. The result was called DIN 1451 and was based on the Railway typeface. The typefaces were created on a very simple grid system and with a continuous stroke width. The type norm was published in 1936 by German standards body ‘Deutsches Institut für Normung’. Note: The logo shown above is not part of the DIN 1451 typeface. DIN 1451: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
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    3 In 1994, Albert-Jan Pool encountered Erik Spiekermann at a

    meeting of the ATypI (Association Ty- pographique Internationale) in San Francisco, who encouraged him to design a revival of DIN 1451 for release by Spiekermann’s foundry FSI FontShop International. Sharing structural similarities with DIN 1451, FF DIN differs in its weight distribution, naming conventions, and has a far wider character set, including ranging (old style) figures, and several refinements allowing it to perform better as a print and screen text face. FF DIN: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION FF DIN FF DIN FF DIN FF DIN FF DIN ~ 887 glyphs (5 weights, 5 italics, 2 widths) DIN 1451 152 glyphs (two weights)
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    4 A B C D E F G H I

    J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 light regular medium bold black TYPEFACE: WEIGHTS
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    6 DIN 1541 is the typeface commonly used on road

    and railway signage in Germany and a number of other countries. EXAMPLES
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    7 It was also used for many years on German

    car number plates, until replaced there in November 2000 by FE-Schrift, a font especially designed to make the plates more tamper-proof and to optimize automatic character recognition. P + P = R Examples
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    8 The typeface has gained popularity due to its wide

    exposure and has been also used by non-governmen- tal organisations and businesses. Examples