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The favorite fonts of font designer
The favorite fonts of font designer Arne Freytag
In a Linotype.com exclusive, Arne Freytag presents his favorite fonts and explains why the selected designs fascinate him.
Arne Freytag: “What are my favorite fonts?”There are a few “timeless” classics that I always like, and then there are my temporarily favorite fonts. Partly because of the ever-changing zeitgeist, but also because the way I look at fonts is always changing. New observations and findings let me look at fonts differently; it is a continuous, ongoing process.
I can’t manage with a maximum of ten fonts, and I’m not of the opinion that one or just a few fonts can express everything. I’m more for variety when it comes to fonts. The typographic needs of projects can be very specific and different, and the areas of application are changing and expanding constantly.
It has a technical‚ structured feel and forms that are unconventional‚ to a certain extent. However‚ the type design can be used for more than just forms and check cards. In the 1990s‚ OCR-A was an exciting alternative for Neville Brody’s design for the theater in Hamburg precisely because of its technical appearance.
I especially like OCR A Tribute‚ the refined version of the typeface that provides a proportional version instead of monospace.
FF DIN by Albert-Jan Pool‚ an adaptation and extension of the DIN 1451‚ shaped me during my college years and I use it still with fondnesst‚ precisely because of its strict‚ but finely sophisticated geometry.
It lies perhaps somewhere between Syntax and Frutiger and has a pleasant‚ unobtrusive and harmonious appearance that allows a wide range of applications for me. A special feature is the U‚ its form reminds me of a spurless u.
Stressed openings and relatively high x-heights help in this regard. The strong serifs nearly recall a slab serif‚ and result in clear‚ closed word images. In fact‚ all fonts from Gerard Unger are among my favorites.
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