Talbot Type Karben owes something to the old Leica advertisement I came across, and something to DIN, with that German flair for order and a form that follows function.
Despite the enduring qualities of DIN, I felt it was worth an attempt at a similar font essentially based on a lozenge form.
I’ve created two variations: Karben 105 has a conventional straight sided A and Y and a two storey a; while for Karben 205 I retained the semi-circular influence (as in the Leica ad above) at the apex of the A, and employed this characteristic for the Y also, along with a single storey lower case a.
It struck me that such an even, utilitarian font as this, would be well-suited to a monospaced variation, so I’ve created Karben 105 Mono and Karben 205 Mono. They look good to me, take a look and see what you think.
I liked the challenge of trying to design characters of such variable width, (compare i and m for example), to appear visually balanced in a fixed width font. It’s always going to create a slightly odd result, but odd in a good way.
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