Die Blockschrift

Typeface Created February 2016, last updated 14 December 2016 Die Blockschrift is my version of the 1897 font “Blockschrift” from the Genzsch & Heyse type foundry. (read more here)
It is also the typeface of choice for this website’s home page!

Die Blockschrift

Die Blockschrift
Pictures of the Original Blockschrift Specimen in “Sans Serif”
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About:

When I came across the Blockschrift typeface in the Book Sans Serif by Cees W. De Jong, I knew I wanted to make my own version of it. Not finding a direct digital version of it online also helped in strengthening my desire to make this into a typeface of my own.

Die Blockschrift

Starting Point for Blockschrift were scans from the Book, which were digitized and traced. Die Blockschrift is an old fashioned German Sans Serif typeface—in fact, it looks very similar to Scheltersche Grotesk, but maybe a bit more clumsy and charming in its execution, something I wanted to carry over into the digitization.

While great care was taken to retain some of the manual charm of the original, die Blockschrift is also firmly based in today’s time.

The Original Blockschrift is what you are reading here, a (Demi-)Bold “Halbfett” weight of the type. I did not come across any other weights in my limited research, so I expanded the family on my own.

Die Blockschrift now includes a new range of new weights: Hairline and Thin version represent a more contemporary take; the Regular weight is drawn slightly lighter than most other grotesk faces to pair it nicely with the DemiBold, to which it is style-linked. I also include an ExtraBold weight, which—together with a wider and thicker Heavy weight—rounds off the modern take on the typeface nicely.

Die Blockschrift
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