There have been several attempts over the years to create a stripped down typeface, with minimal stylistic variation and a single upper and lower case combined.
Probably most notable have been Herbert Bayer’s Universal typeface designed while he was at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, and Wim Crouwel’s New Alphabet of 1967.
The most minimal of typeface designs, such as Crouwel’s, deal in straight lines only. These are more difficult to dispense with than curves if you’re only going to use one or the other, so you have to embrace the straight look.
I might not be worthy, but I couldn’t resist having a go. I’ve retained an upper and lower case in my version; I think the English language demands an upper and lower case, and although the idea of a single case is attractive, the whims of a wayward typographer aren’t going to persuade the big cheeses of English to abandon two cases in favour of one.
I’ve created two variants, each available in two styles. The two variants differ considerably, however they’re both based on the same 8 x 7 matrix of squares and feature only squares that conform to the matrix; a matter of deciding which ones to fill.
I’ve created a stencil style of Kampen Block. We rarely require stencil fonts these days, but they’re still quite popular, I think because we like the look of them.
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