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With his Brandon Grotesque font, the type designer Hannes von Döhren has shown that he does not just have the knack of designing display fonts such as Snoogle™ or elaborate Antiquas like Opal™. In this font von Döhren skilfully combines the forms of the structured sans serif fonts of the 1920's and 30's with elements of contemporary typography.
Hannes von Döhren took the structures sans serif fonts of the 20's and 30's in the 20th century as his inspiration for the Brandon Grotesque. However, von Döhren reworked the structured forms with legibility in mind. Thus, for example, the "c" clearly shows that its prototype is the circle, while the arches in "b" and "d" tend more to recall a humanist sans serif with a very slight variation in the stroke width and a Renaissance Antiqua as prototype. With the open common "a" and the looptail "g" von Döhren is coming closer to the forms of the Antiqua than those of a structured sans serif. Nevertheless anyone who prefers the closed "a" can obtain it as an alternative via the format sets of the Open Type font.
With the slightly rounded corners of the Brandon Grotesque von Döhren is not just counteracting the cool and formal character of the structured sans serif, but is giving a warm complexion to the noble character of the font, produced by the low x-height. In addition, the rounded off corners lend the font a modern touch, which is borne out by the slightly conical stroke in "n", "p" or "r", for example, among other details.
Brandon Grotesque is available in six stroke widths from Thin to Black; the forms of the Thin font style are reduced almost to a hairline. There is a matching Italic font style for all stroke widths, in which the slanted letters are justified slightly more narrowly. In addition, the "a" changes to the closed form and the "g" changes to the monocular form, the "f" is given a crossbar and the common "e" a more rounded form.
Thanks to its unobtrusive, neutral, but nonetheless distinctive character, the Brandon Grotesque can be used in a variety of areas of application; while von Döhren thinks that the very Thin and the thick Black are more suitable for display purposes, the other stroke widths also cut a very fine figure in the area of text. The skilled combination of structured sans serif with elements of modern typography makes Brandon Grotesque highly individual, and ideal to enhance your layouts.
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