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U8 is an early modernist sans serif based on the signage of the Berlin subway system, with generous proportions, a strong character, and a clean … Read More
U8 is an early modernist sans serif based on the signage of the Berlin subway system, with generous proportions, a strong character, and a clean design. Designed by Anton Koovit Read Less
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U8 is 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.

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