FF Bauer Grotesk
FF Bauer Grotesk is a revival of the metal type “Friedrich Bauer Grotesk”, released between 1933 and 1934 by the foundry “Trennert & Sohn” in Hamburg Altona, Germany. The geometric construction of the typeface, infused with the art déco zeitgeist of that era, is closely related to such famous Ger... Read more
FF Bauer Grotesk is a revival of the metal type “Friedrich Bauer Grotesk”, released between 1933 and 1934 by the foundry “Trennert & Sohn” in Hamburg Altona, Germany. The geometric construction of the typeface, infused with the art déco zeitgeist of that era, is closely related to such famous German designs as Futura, Erbar, Kabel and Super Grotesk that debuted a few years earlier. However, Bauer Grotesk stands out for not being so dogmatic with the geometry, lending the design a warmer, more homogenous feeling. The oval “O” is a good example of that, as well as characteristic shapes like the capital M or the unconventionally differing endings of “c” and “s” which make for a less constructed look.
All of this intrigued Thomas Ackermann when he first discovered the typeface in an old specimen book. Being in the middle of his education, he hadn’t had much time, but could only manage to lay down the foundation of what should later become FF Bauer Grotesk: the first digitizations of the light and bold weight from printed letterpress sample pages. After that the project rested for a few years, but the idea didn’t. In 2012, he met up with Felix Bonge in order to build the final typeface family. The goal was to stay close to the original, but to dust it off a bit, in order to make it more versatile. Thus some aspects of the typeface were slightly reduced, like the high art-déco-waist of letters such as E, F, R, P etc., other details were exaggerated, like the apexes of A, M, N for example, always trying to work in the interest of the typeface in a contemporary environment. In the process lots of small changes were necessary and the glyph count soon multiplied when new glyphs, alternates, several figure sets, case sensitive forms and small caps completed the design.
FF Bauer Grotesk now consists of 6 weights with accompanying italics. Condensed weights and a decorative inline version are being worked on. Collapse description