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At first sight, Falster Grotesk by Jan Novák is a very simple sans-serif font. However, a closer look reveals the designer’s innovative approach. It breaks from the traditional line of thought that Swiss type construction is long outdated and doesn’t offer any possibilities for inventiveness. While the majority of world type foundries concentrate on increasing numbers of styles and weights, Falster Grotesk ignores such efforts and heads in a completely new direction, enlivening lowercase shapes, breaking conventional preconceptions about humanist sans and redefining the accentuation of certain letters. While the family continues to maintain the excellent legibility of its predecessors in the typesetting of small text, in poster sizes its subtle but expressive adaptations of shape are fully allowed to develop. Novák showcases several simplifying tendencies within the font, similar to the ones we know from the avant-garde approach of Paul Renner. But at the same time keeps in mind the fact that in a text typeface, all experiments end where legibil­ity would be jeopardised.

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