Type Gallery – Banco
Font Designer: Roger Excoffon, 1951
Banco® was the first typeface work of French designer Roger Excoffon and was released in 1952. The strong forms look as though they were rolled out of sheet metal and feature upright, tapering strokes. The slight slant, the varying heights of stroke ends, and the relationships between line and curve give Banco its sense of liveliness and dynamism. Excoffon did not design a matching lower case alphabet for his capitals, but this was accomplished later by Phill Grimshaw, who also designed the light weight. He deliberately ’underdesigned’ the lower case forms, producing a more reserved alphabet based on the design ideas of the original.