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The German Typeface.

DIN Din was created in 1936. The name Din is an

Din is a very simple, usable typeface, which is

acronym for Deutsches Institut fĂźr Normung,

exactly what it was designed to be. it seems to

or German Institute for Standardization. This

remain very neutral, not putting to much stress on

organization decides the standard for just about

any one point. The uniform stroke weight makes

everything. Din was created to be the standard

it very easy to read either on a road sign or in a

typeface for all highway and railways signs in

paragraph of body text. Din has an almost industrial

Germany and other european countries, which it

look. with all of the square sides and its vertical

still is today. This was something that needed to

shape. It doesn’t really intimidate the reader with

happen because the car was becoming a more

its flat points no does it comfort them in any way.

common mode of transportation at this point.

It simply communicates what is written.

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee

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Gg Hh Ii Jj

straight edges

high intersection

uniform stroke


Din is a very versatile and readable typeface. It uses a uniform stroke weight throughout, giving it a very solid appearance, which makes it good for roadsigns. It is a very square typeface, even the puctuation is made of squares. The uppercase has a very sturdy and demanding look because there are very few examples of things going outside the actual letter form. While the lowercase seems much friendlier. Overall Din is very easy to read and understand which is what it was created for.

Ludwig Goller

The din typeface is thought to have been created by Ludwig Goller, while he was on the DIN type committee. he was also an engineer for the company Siemens. There is some debate over whether or not Goller actually drafted Din. Some believe it was a draftsman from Siemens.

Ll Mm Nn sharp points

“DIN is the magic word for everything that can be measured in Germany including the official German typeface…” Erik Spiekerman German Typeographer

Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt

Lining Numerals Cap Height

X Height

Square ends



Open space

Slight intersection


Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

DIN Larry Fulcher Kansas City Art Institute Typography 1, 2013


the official german typeface


the official german typeface