Rabenau W01 Book Condensed Fonts
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Prof. Axel Bertram, a German graphic designer, began the development of the Rabenau typeface family during the mid-1990s. A variety of hand-lettered alphabets, which Prof. Bertram has previously designed for a number of practical applications, formed the basis for the design of Rabenau's reduced, clear, functional, and emotionally appealing characters. These included: book covers, lettering for newspapers, and magazines, and even fonts for typewriters and television screens. Rabenau is a counterpoint to contemporary typefaces, which often run quite narrow. Its design has proven itself as a solution of the setting of immersive texts, in part because of its large x-height. The moderate stroke contrast helps contribute to a balanced gray in pages of text. The Rabenau typeface's letters, which exhibit a tension between individuality and similarity, fluctuate between baroque and neoclassical styles. A vertical axis, with gently-curved bracketing, and bar-shaped serifs with slight rounding, are further contributions to design's features. Also worthy of mention are the gently swinging arcs of the letters' curves and stems, as well as the open lower counter form in the lowercase g a trait Rabenau shares with Baskerville's typefaces.The letterforms in the Rabenau typeface combine formal rigor with grace and legibility. Before the typeface was released, it was already used extensively and successfully in several book projects. Beginning in 2003, Prof. Bertram worked closely with the calligrapher and type designer Andreas Frohloff, a collaboration that helped expand Rabenau into a 16 weight family.
Rabenau is a trademark of Linotype Corp. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH.
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