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Famous for:
First 20th century typeface cut uniquely for each size.

Applications: Expressive and Experimental

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Modernised Blackletter Capitals

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Sans Serif

Date: 1923

Designer:
Rudolf Koch

Foundry:
Klingspor

Location:
Offenbach am Main, Germany

Current equivalent:
Neuland

See also:
Neuland Inline, Neuland Star, Adobe Lithos Black by Carol Twombly

Technologies:
Metal(foundry)
Instant Lettering
Postscript
Truetype

Design history:
Classified as a graphic sans serif titling face, Neuland ('New Country') was designed by Germany's most eminent calligrapher and type designer of the early 20th century. There is a significant departure from both the forms and the ideology of his earlier Deutschschrift (1910). Neuland, with its angular, incised edges, looks like a woodcut. Koch cut the steel punches freehand, without preliminary drawings – as a result, each of the foundry type sizes are different from each other, but this has not been translated into the digital versions of the type. This is the typeface that best exemplifies German Expressionism, although designers often use it to convey rustic, elemental, indigenous or tribal qualities.

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picture: P22 website