From the flood of early 20th century new geometric sans-serif typefaces, Abstrakt found inspiration in letterings that furthered the typographic use of the compass and the ruler. Anchored in modernist ideas, Abstrakt’s shapes do not only embody the spirit of the avant-garde but already begin to foreshadow the pop aesthetic of the early computer age. 

Based on an examination and synthesis of hand-picked artifacts depicting a lettering style that was en vogue among some graphic artists in the early 1930s, François Rappo built an entire typeface family. Each character is a slight abstraction of conventional letter shapes. It reminisces the formal experimentation and innovation seen in Swiss architecture, graphic and industrial design, notably in the iconic lamps from BAG Turgi. The primary references were the small characters on the 1932 exhibition poster Licht designed by Alfred Williman and the capricious variations found on the 1932 lettering logo Information, a far-left magazine designed by Max Bill. Despite its fairly elementary appearance, Abstrakt’s design is complex and sophisticated. While its uneven stems create a singular rhythm, its rounded ends give the typeface a warmth along with evoking pneumatic designs which were representative of a myriad of the eras engineering advances. Originally suited for use in headlines, Abstrakt has also been developed into text-compatible styles in two widths and four weights, accompanied with their respective italics.

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8 styles

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8 styles

Light Italic
Bold Italic
Black Italic