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Finaltype is an open collective of designers, artists and instructors. We do research and teach in the field of visual communication based on both scientific and artistic methods. → Our philosophy

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Superfamilies

by PROF. HANS R. HEITMANN

____ Our two superfamilies Arccus and Komplex feature several weights and styles, yet they all follow an unique uniwidth system: Within each superfamily, all identical glyphs share the same width. In this article we will talk about the background and advantages of such a type system.

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Better Justification for the Web

by JOHANNES AMMON

____ In the third part of our justification series I pitch several ideas on how justified text on the web could be improved. I will also present some unorthodox approaches that may lead to further improvements in the future and will eventually offer a sneak peek on how better justification on the web could look like.

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Abstract calligraphy

by KORBINIAN NIEẞNER

____ One of our major subjects is the so called »abstract calligraphy«, or »free calligraphy«, or »gestural calligraphy«. This special form of calligraphic expression differs from formal calligraphy, whose main focus is the creation of readable characters.

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Letter spacing

by PROF. HANS R. HEITMANN

____ The spaces between the letters of a typeface have a significant impact on its legibility. They can affect or even destroy the aesthetic shape of the word. I propose that there is — especially in lower case — a correct amount of letter-spacing, with little variability.

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DAS SCHARFE ẞ ALS GROẞBUCHSTABE

by PROF. HANS R. HEITMANN

____ Seit dem 29. Juni 2017 ist das ẞ Bestandteil der amtlichen deutschen Rechtschreibung. Nun, da die Figur offiziell ins Alphabet aufgenommen wurde stellt sich erneut die Frage: Wie sollte ein großes scharfes S gestaltet sein? Ein Kommentar.

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