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germany 26 . REASONS . TO . LOVE . it jutta gay & felix valentin


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AUTOBAHN autobahn

Germany began to build its famous Reichsautobahn controlled-access highway network following the First World War. It rapidly assembled a nationwide system of such roads in anticipation of their use in World War II. Italy followed shortly thereafter, opening its first Autostrada in 1925. The first North American freeways opened in the New York City area in the 1920s. Britain, heavily influenced by the railway, did not build its first motorway until the mid-1950s.

din

DIN is the central typeface of JetBlue Airways’ and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s corporate identity. DIN is also Adidas’s main typeface, adopted after switching from »Adihaus«. This font is used in many areas, especially in prints, ads and webpages. American Eagle Outfitters uses DIN as its main sans-serif typeface, for both marketing and branding. ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson uses the font for its lower third graphics. The University of Canberra uses it for all official publications.


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Beer was spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes as far back as 3000 BC, and it was mainly brewed on a domestic scale. The product that the early Europeans drank might not be recognised as beer by most people today. Alongside the basic starch source, the early European beers might contain fruits, honey, numerous types of plants, spices and other substances such as narcotic herbs.

h o l i d ay g o t h i c

With some annoying holiday always around the corner, uber families, amateur display typefaces and overused system fonts are not going to help you make that looming design deadline. House Holiday Gothic will always be in season, so you won't have to worry about picking through that endless type menu anymore.


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Cu≠ry wurs∞∫ curry wurst

Currywurst is a quickly-made dish of German origin consisting of steamed pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with warm curry ketchup, regularly consisting of ketchup or tomato paste blended with generous amounts of curry powder, or a ready-made ketchup-based sauce seasoned with curry and other spices. It is frequently served at German 'Imbißbude' and from food trucks. The invention of currywurst is attributed to Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949.

whomp

Whomp takes its inspiration from the work of an American master in sign painting and alphabet manipulation: Alf Becker. In 1932, Becker began designing a series of alphabets to be published in Signs of the Times magazine at the rate of one alphabet per month. Nine years later, 100 of those alphabets were compiled in one book that became an enormous success among sign painters. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, many Alf Becker alphabets were digitized with blurbs that falsely credit an »Alf Becker typeface«.


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Dackel dackel

The name »dachshund« is of German origin and literally means »badger dog«, from Dachs (badger) and Hund (dog). The pronunciation varies widely in English. Because of their long, narrow build, they are often nicknamed hot dog, wiener dog or sausage dog. Although »dachshund« is a German word, in modern German they are more commonly known by the name Dackel or, among hunters, Teckel. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals.

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Fette Fraktur is a blackletter typeface of the sub-classification Fraktur designed by the German punchcutter Johann Christian Bauer in 1850. The C.E. Weber Foundry published a version in 1875, and the D Stempel AG foundry published the version shown at right in 1908. Fette Fraktur is based on the Fraktur type of blackletter faces. This heavy nineteenth century version was developed more for advertising than text, similar to the extremely heavy advertising versions of Didone classification faces like Poster Bodoni.


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EulEN spiegeL eulenspiegel

Till Eulenspiegel was an impudent trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore. His tales were disseminated in popular printed editions narrating a string of lightly connected episodes that outlined his picaresque career, primarily in Germany, the Low Countries and France. The literal translation of the High German name »Eulenspiegel« gives »owl mirror«, two symbols that identify Till Eulenspiegel in crude popular woodcuts. However, the original Low German is believed to be ul'n Spegel, meaning »wipe the arse«.

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Inspired by Laatzen’s Bilderbogen etchings by the extraordinary artist and printmaker Horst Janssen, this font is packed with Open Type features that allow the creation of truly unique typographic pieces. Besides the set of automatic discretionary ligatures, this all-caps font also comes with two extra stylistic sets, so there are 4 versions for each letter (plus the variations contained in the ligatures). An unmistakable original font to create outstanding design works!


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Filterkaffee f i lt e r k a f f e e

As a housewife, Melitta Bentz found that percolators were prone to over-brewing the coffee, espresso-type machines at the time tended to leave grounds in the drink, and linen bag filters were tiresome to clean. She experimented with various means, but ended up using blotting paper from the school exercise-book of her son Willi and a brass pot perforated using a nail. When the grounds-free, less bitter coffee met with general enthusiasm, she decided to set up a business.

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Yanone Kaffeesatz was first published in 2004 and is Jan Gerner's first ever finished typeface. Its Bold is reminiscent of 1920s coffee house typography, while the rather thin fonts bridge the gap to present times. Kaffeesatz is used on German fresh-water gyms, Dubai mall promos and New Zealand McDonald’s ads. And of course on coffee and foodstuff packaging and cafÊ design around the globe.


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gartenzwerg gartenzweg

The claim to the title of manufacturer of the first garden gnome is hotly contested, but it's possible that Baehr and Maresch of Dresden produced the first ceramic gnomes. Subsequently, many statues were made in Gräfenroda, a town known for its ceramics in Thuringia, Germany, from around 1860 onwards. Philip Griebel made terracotta animals as decorations, and produced gnomes based on local myths as a way for people to enjoy the stories of the gnomes' willingness to help in the garden at night.

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Timo Titzmann created this font as a part of the «Schriftentwicklung Basiskurs» project by Lucas de Groot at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. The font is used by people all over the world.


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Handball handball

The handball game of today was formed by the end of the 19th century in northern Europe, primarily in Germany. The first written set of team handball rules was published in 1906 by the Danish gym teacher, lieutenant and Olympic medalist Holger Nielsen. The modern set of rules was published 1917 by Max Heiser, Karl Schelenz, and Erich Konigh from Germany. The first international games were played under these rules, between Germany and Belgium for men in 1925 and between Germany and Austria for women in 1930.

supria sans

Supria Sansw is an extended family of 36 fonts designed by Hannes von Dรถhren. It contains two widths, six weights and three styles, including the curvy, feminine Italic as well as the more conventional Oblique. Although it is inspired by the utilitarian clarity of Swiss type design, subtle curves and fine detailing impart a more playful character to the whole Supria Sans family.


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The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in a number of different countries, including Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Produced in the post-World War II years, a time when cheap short-distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the most successful and influential city cars ever created. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name later given to other similar vehicles.

wisdom script

Wisdom Script was originally designed for Woods of Wisdom, a 50 part poster series on bad advice.


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JIM KnOpf jim knopf

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (original title: Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer) is a German children's novel written by Michael Ende. It became one of the most successful German children's books in the postwar era after having first been rejected by a dozen publishers. The novel and its sequel take place roughly in the 20th century, but have anachronistic elements. Some locations are based on real places, such as the Himalayas , and legendary ones, such as the magnetic cliffs in the Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

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Changing is a lively font, loaded with many automatic interlock pairs that do their magic in OpenType aware applications. Its peculiar design and such choices for letter combinations make this a very dynamic, spirited and useful typeface. Like so many of PintassilgoPrints typeface designs – virtually all of which are hand-drawn display faces – Changing is firmly entrenched in a nostalgia for an era full of frivolity; an era of Saul Bass; an era of whimsical, knowingly-imperfect lettering.


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K ARSTADT k a r s ta d t

Am 14. Mai 1881 gründete Rudolph Karstadt sein erstes Geschäft in Wismar unter dem Namen «Tuch-, Manufactur- und Confectionsgeschäft Karstadt». Karstadt hatte von Anfang an Erfolg mit günstigen Festpreisen anstelle des sonst noch üblichen Handelns, sodass schnell Filialen in 24 Städten Norddeutschlands eröffneten. Das zweite Karstadt-Haus wurde 1884 in Lübeck eröffnet. Kunden der ersten Stunde waren Thomas Mann und sein Bruder Heinrich.

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Futura is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed in 1927 by Paul Renner. It is based on geometric shapes that became representative of visual elements of the Bauhaus design style of 1919–1933. Commissioned by the Bauer Type Foundry, in reaction to Ludwig & Mayer's seminal Erbar of 1922, Futura was commercially released in 1927. Although Renner was not associated with the Bauhaus, he shared many of its idioms and believed that a modern typeface should express modern models, rather than be a revival of a previous design.


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LAGERFELD l agerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt on 10 September 1933 in Hamburg) is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris. He has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art related projects, most notably as head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel. Lagerfeld has his own label fashion house, as well as the Italian house Fendi.

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The font family Univers is one of the greatest typographic achievements of the second half of the 20th century. The family has the advantage of having a variety of weights and styles, which, even when combined, give an impression of steadiness and homogeneity. The clear, objective forms of Univers make this a legible font suitable for almost any typographic need. Univers has the uncanny ability to combine well with fonts of many different styles and origins.


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made in Germany made in germany

Made in Germany is a merchandise mark indicating that a product has been manufactured in Germany. After the second world war the winning countries forced germany to always put ÂŤmade in germanyÂť on their products, so people would know that it was low quality and made by the nazi germans, but then it became a brand in itself. In 1995, the Oberlandesgericht Stuttgart ruled that the term Made in Germany is misleading according to Germany's Fair Trades Act when the largest part is not German raw materials or German craftsmanship.

akzidenz grotesk

H. Berthold first published Akzidenz-Grotesk in 1896. The design originates from the type used in Germany by job-setters and trade printers of earlier centuries. This early sans serif preceded the first weight of Helvetica by over 40 years. Throughout the years, H. Berthold has expanded this extremely popular and versatile family. Condensed versions are especially useful where space is tight and is particularly suited for financial statements, tables, price lists, forms and spreadsheets; the extended versions are popular for titles and headlines.


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Nordsee nordsee

The North Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. An epeiric sea on the European continental shelf, it connects to the ocean through the English Channel in the south and the Norwegian Sea in the north. The North Sea has long been the site of important European shipping lanes as well as a major fishery. The sea is a popular destination for recreation and tourism in bordering countries and more recently has developed into a rich source of energy.

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Type designer Hannes von DÜhren created Brevia, a soft sans serif type family consisting of seven weights plus matching italics. The fonts have a hint of a brushed feeling and come across as casual and friendly. Nevertheless Brevia’s architecture is straight, making it perfect for longer texts. Because of its large x-height, it also performs nicely in very small sizes. Brevia’s heavier weights are slightly more curved and have an eye-catching appearance. They unfold their strength especially in bigger sizes.


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Odol odol

Im Jahr 1892 brachte der Dresdner Unternehmer Karl August Lingner das Mundwasser Odol auf den Markt, ein Mittel, das durch die Beimischung ätherischer Öle erstmals die kosmetische mit der medizinischen Wirkung durch Zusatz eines Antiseptikums verband. Erfinder des Mundwassers war Prof. Richard Seifert (1861–1919). Am 5. März 1895 wurde die Marke Odol als "Zahn- und Mund-Reinigungs-Mittel" in das deutsche Markenregister eingetragen. Ende der 1930er-Jahre wurde Odol in mehr als zwanzig Ländern hergestellt.

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A more casual extension of the AG Book family, Günter Gerhard Lange designed AG Book Rounded in 1980. It has an informality that is appropriate for all kinds of advertising and display work. AG Book Rounded has been a popular choice for signage in Europe and often is used in children’s works.


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Porsche porsche

Professor Ferdinand Porsche founded the company called »Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH« in 1931, with main offices in the centre of Stuttgart. Initially, the company offered motor vehicle development work and consulting,but did not build any cars under its own name. One of the first assignments the new company received was from the German government to design a car for the people, a German: Volkswagen.This resulted in the Volkswagen Beetle. The Porsche 64 was developed in 1939 using many components from the Beetle.

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Für den Automobil-Hersteller Porsche AG überarbeitete Kurt Weidemann im Jahr 1990 das Wappen und den Namenszug von Porsche. Um die Lesbarkeit an bewegten Objekten zu verbessern, öffnete Weidemann die Punzen der Buchstaben P und R unter die mittlere Buchstabenhöhe hinab, verstärkte im R die Schrägstellung des rechten Abstrichs, verringerte die Strichstärke in den Schenkeln der Buchstaben E und S, kürzte außerdem im S die Länge der beiden Schenkel etwas und verringerte die Breite des Hs.


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Quarkspeise quarkspeise

In Germany, quark is sold in small plastic tubs and usually comes in three different varieties, Magerquark (lean quark, virtually fat-free), ÂťregularÂŤ quark (20% fat) and Sahnequark (creamy quark, 40% fat) with added cream. While the former is often used for baking and as health food, e.g. as a breakfast spread, the latter also forms the basis of a large number of quark desserts. The large popularity to quark desserts is limited to mainly the German-speaking and central European countries.

mommiebrush

MommieBrush is a brush script headline typeface. It is based on the Spencerian Mommie that won the 2008 TDC award. But as a brush script it works in a different area. Like Hubert Joachims other brush script typefaces it is made for food packaging and product branding.


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The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg's St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg's nightlife and also the city's red-light district. In German it is also sometimes described as »die sündige Meile« (the sinful mile). The name Reeperbahn means ropewalk, which is a place where ropes are made (Low German Reep = rope, the standard German word is Seil; Bahn= track). The street was a ropewalk in the 17th and 18th centuries. The street is lined with restaurants, night clubs, discotheques and bars.

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Affair. It’s an event and you’re invited. Affair is an extraordinary new calligraphic typeface by Alejandro Paul with a party full of swash characters, ligatures, and ornaments. By default, it’s simply an elegant yet readable display face. Dress it up with alternates, and it becomes irresistibly attractive, in styles from glamourous to over-the-top. Hundreds of alternates, tons of swashy endings and ligatures, all accessible through OpenType palettes in programs that support such features.


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Sch채ferhund Sch채ferhund

The German Shepherd Dog (German: Deutscher Sch채ferhund), also known as an Alsatian or just the German Shepherd, is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with its origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, the German Shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding and guarding sheep. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training it is often employed in police and military roles around the world.

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Helvetica is a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann. In 1960, the typeface's name was changed by Haas' German parent company Stempel to Helvetica in order to make it more marketable internationally. It was initially suggested that the type be called 'Helvetia' which is the original Latin name for Switzerland. This was ignored by Eduard Hoffmann as he decided it wouldn't be appropriate to name a type after a country.


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Teddybär t e d dy b ä r

In Germany, the Steiff firm, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs. Steiff exhibited the toy at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903, where it was seen by Hermann Berg, a buyer for George Borgfeldt & Company in New York. He ordered 3000 to be sent to the United States. Although Steiff's records show that the bears were produced, they are not recorded as arriving in America, and no example of the type, »55 PB«, has ever been seen, leading to the story that the bears were shipwrecked.

bemio

Bemio is an ultrabold sans with an extensive character set. It bridges the gap between old signage and craftsmanship with modern forms and simplicity. With more than 1000 glyphs, and full Language Support, Bemio is versatile and robust.


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Underberg underberg

Underberg is a digestif bitter produced in Germany by Underberg AG, made of aromatic herbs from 43 countries. The exact number and identity of the herbs remain a well-guarded secret. The herbs are distilled using a secret process denominated semper idem (or "always the same"). The extracts are then matured for many months in barrels made of Slovenian oak. The drink is usually associated with its famous portion-sized 20 ml bottle, designed in 1949 by Emil Underberg, grandson of the founder.

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Stag is a new face designed by Christian Schwarz with a very large x-height, extremely short ascenders and descenders, and tight spacing, for a compact, contemporary look. Since it was going to be set in short, large blocks of text, he decided that it was important to make the spaces between the characters as interesting to look at as the space inside the characters, which is why the bracketing is only applied on the outside.


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Volksmusik volksmusik

Volksmusik hat ihren Ursprung in der Musizierpraxis der bäuerlich-dörflichen Gemeinschaften und hat sich angesichts der sozialen Barrieren auch in relativer Selbständigkeit entwickelt. So blieb sie ein unmittelbarer Spiegel der Lebensweise, eingebunden in die alltäglichen Lebensprozesse oder in die rituellen Feste des Dorflebens oder der kleinstädtischen Gesellschaft. Volksmusik ist die wesentlichste Quelle populärer Musik, allerdings fehlt ihr der Vortrags- und Darbietungscharakter.

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ITC Edwardian Script was designed by Edward Benguiat, an emotional, lyrical, even passionate calligraphic typeface. Its appearance was influenced by the look of writing with a steel point pen, an instrument which can be pushed as well as pulled, and which produces stroke contrast when pressure upon it is varied. The delicate, sophisticated letterforms of ITC Edwardian Script were drawn and redrawn and the connections of the letters were perfected to create the look of true handwriting.


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Weißwurst weisswurst

Der Legende nach wurde die Weißwurst in Münchnen am 22. Februar 1857 vom 36jährigen Wirtsmetzger Joseph Moser eher zufällig bei der Bratwurstherstellung erfunden – als »Fehlfabrikat«. Als Moser die Saitlinge für die Kalbsbratwürstchen ausgingen, soll er seinen Lehrling losgeschickt haben, um neue zu besorgen. Dieser kam aber mit Schweinedärmen zurück, die zu zäh für Bratwürste sind. In der Not füllte er sie trotzdem mit der fertigen Masse und brühte sie in heißem Wasser, aus angst das sie beim Braten platzen könnten.

wa l b a u m - f r a k t u r

Die Walbaum gilt neben der Bodoni und der Didot als eine der bedeutendsten Klassizistischen Antiquaschriftarten. Im Vergleich zu diesen ist sie jedoch als Textschrift besser lesbar. Sie lässt sich als klassisch, offen, elegant, herrschaftlich, seriös wirkend beschreiben. Von allen klassizistischen Antiquaschriftarten gilt sie als die humanste. Während die Bodoni und die Didot als die authentischste Ausdrucksform der Ära der Französischen Revolution bekannt sind, wird die Walbaum eher als deutsche Interpretation des Klassizismus angesehen.


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X-RAY x- s t r a h l e n

German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen is usually credited as the discoverer of X-rays because he was the first to systematically study them, though he is not the first to have observed their effects. He is also the one who gave them the name »X-rays«, though many referred to these as »Röntgen rays« (and the associated X-ray radiograms as, »Röntgenograms«) for several decades after their discovery and to this day in some languages, including Röntgen's native German, though »X-ray« overtook popular usage in English by 1980.

ff net to

Starting from the idea to develop a no-frills typeface with as little historical ballast as possible Daniel Utz designed FF Netto: He reduced the letter forms to their characteristic basic shapes and removed all dispensable details. He adjusted the stroke weight unobtrusively, keeping the gemetric construction principle and thus optimizing legibility and balance of the typeface. Besides the alphabet Daniel designed a whole lot of icons and arrows - very useful for information and orientation systems.


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Y-REISEN y- r e i s e n

Wof端r steht das Y? Y steht f端r gar nichts. Der Buchstabe hat keinerlei Bedeutung. Damals, als man f端r die Bundeswehr ein Kennzeichen brauchte, war nur noch das Y frei. Keine Stadt und kein Landkreis wollte das Y als Kennzeichen haben und da hat die Bundeswehr zugegriffen.

l i b e r at o r

A War Time Inspired Sans Serif. Liberator is from a bygone era, when our grandparents fought for the freedom we enjoy today. Its bomber-inspired face provides a masculine punch to any project or design. Full Alphabet with glyphs and numerals. Windows TrueType and OpenType formats are available.


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ZEPPELIN zeppelin

A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. It was based on designs he had outlined in 1874. Given the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships. Zeppelins were operated by the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG). DELAG, the first commercial airline, served scheduled flights before World War I. After the outbreak of war, the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and scouts.

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A font’s weight or width can only be pushed so far before the design snaps. Because Knockout was inspired by ninteenth-century typefaces that predate the idea of the uniform type family, its design has a natural flexibility built in. Each corner of Knockout’s family is allowed to depart from the others, in order to do what it does best. In Knockout’s boldest quarters — its Series F and G — weight wins out over consistency.


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