FF CITYSTREET TYPES EAST

2000

Original, Original Round Regular, Medium, Bold + Experts, TF, LF

To keep the remembrence of Berlin’s two streetsign systems Ole Schäfer and I started the City Street Types project. We digitized the two distinctly different alphabets and designed a small family of text fonts based on these letterforms.

Around 1950, new signs with a more industrial look were invented in East-Berlin. The sign itself was made of plastic: a sandwich with a white shell and a black core. The letters were drilled in by a millcut: a typical engineer’s constructed alphabet along the lines of DIN Engschrift. There are two versions of the original typeface: In one, only one head for the millcut was used, the other one was done with two heads beside each other. The result are two kind of ends of the letters. One round, the other one straight.

FF Citystreet Types in use . . .

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