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Date: 1963

Designer:
Fred Lambert

Foundry:
Letraset

Location:
London, England

Current equivalent:
Compacta LET

See also:
Anzeigen Grotesk, MT Grotesque Extra Condensed, MT Condensed Sans

Technologies:
Instant lettering
Photosetting
Postscript

Famous for:
First original typeface produced for Letraset instant lettering.

Applications: Advertising and Display

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Sans Serif Condensed Neo-Grotesque

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Sans Serif

Design history:
Compacta is an extra condensed headline and display typeface, designed for very tight letter and word spacing. It was the first original Letraset typeface, designed by Fred Lambert to take advantage of the possibilities of a new method of applying letterforms to artwork boards. With the advent of instant 'rub down' lettering, closer spacing than previously possible became something of an obsession (this was also true of phototypesetting, whether specified with negative letterspacing, or pasted up as overlapping cutouts). Compacta was originally available in two weights with an oblique and an outline version; extra weights (light and black) were added later.

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picture: Konemann Pubs