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Date: 1994

Designer:
Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland

Foundry:
Letterror

Location:
The Hague, Holland

Current equivalent:
FF Beowolf Serif R21

See also:
BeoSans Hard, BeoSans Soft, by the same designers

Technologies:
Postscript

Famous for:
The world's first 'random' font.

Applications: Experimental & Expressive

Ubiquity:
Not widely used

Category:
Postmodern Randomfont

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Variable, ragged outline

Design history:
Devised by two young Dutch type designers with a flair for programming, this font incorporates 'freakto', a pre-programmed variability of the Postscript outline information when it is sent to a printing device. No two iterations of the font are exactly the same, which means that it doesn't register when printed in four colour process. While the random technology was much admired, it has a limited application and was not widely adopted. As a result Beowolf feels like the wildest animal in the typographic zoo (it was named after a mythological norse monster). Beowolf comes in serif and sans versions, also 'soft' and 'hard' outline randomness.

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