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Date: 1995

Designer:
Barry Deck

Foundry:
Emigré

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Emigré Template Gothic

See also:

Technologies:
Postscript

Famous for:
First and best of the 'grunge' typefaces.

Applications: Experimental and Expressive

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
Sans Serif

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: (Irregular) Sans Serif

Design history:
Template Gothic is a display face in two weights – the most successful postmodern 'deconstructed' typeface, ubiquitous throughout design studios in the late 1990s, and which appeared as the most visible embodiment of 'grunge' aesthetics in type design. Emigré call it Barry Deck's homage to the vernacular, which reflects his interest in type forms that are imperfect. Deck based his design on a laundry sign that crudely reproduced the letterforms of the cheap plastic template from which it had been drawn.

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picture: Emigré catalogue