Talbot Type Korbin started when I stumbled upon the design on the left from 1927, by the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart.
There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the font he’s using here, but I liked the proportions of the letters, and it was enough to get me started.
A font can be characterised by a couple of distinctive characters, and I like the uncompromising sheared terminal on the upper leg of the K (or is it an arm when it’s up there?). Another distinctive feature is a spur on the lower case a.
My primary objective was to come up with a classic sans-serif with old-style lower case a and g and I wanted a harmonious blend of humanist and geometric traits.
Presumably because they were hand drawn, many of those early twentieth century grotesque fonts have curiously idiosyncratic characters, a bit lumpy or uneven here and there, charming in retro style designs but I’ve evened things out here as this is no intended pastiche.
I’ve added a number of bespoke characters in the italic versions for a more flowing look.
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