Hellix

Inspiration: Paul Renner's first sketches of Futura

Font in use: Demartini in NG (design Bohumil Vašák, Studio Najbrt)

Font in use: Fránek in NG (design by Marek Nedělka)

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Hellix is a mono-linear geometrical sans-serif font family. It was designed during an internship at the Type Design and Typography Studio at UMPRUM in Prague. At that time I fell in love with Paul Renner's first sketch of Futura and I also explored stylistic sets, so I added a lot of strict and cold alternatives ("a, g, m, n, r, t, etc."). I enjoyed having the possibility to create tensions between circular and square shapes. You will also find less geometrically based alternatives. In Hellix, circle forms are “punched” into the vertical stems and the terminals are diagonal. For further details please see the PDF specimen.

 

Hellix is mainly inspired by Futura (1924–1932 Paul Renner), Drescher Grotesk (2002 Arno Drescher, Nicolai Gogoll), Super Grotesk (1930, Arno Drescher) and Johnston (1915 Edward Johnston). 6 weights

 

First Sketch: 10/2011

 

 

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Martin Vácha is a graphic designer who mainly focuses on graphics, typography, type design, art-direction, editorials, book & magazine design, logo creation & visual identity. He admires simplicity, strong ideas & heavy typography.

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This type-foundry started as a final MA project (June 2014). The first five font sketches were created whilst studying at UMPRUM in Prague. Martin Vácha has focused on font sketching continually since 2008. His experience began during his first year of studies for the project Terrain magazine for which he modified Helvetica Textbook. Like all designers he was excited about the idea to create unique fonts for specific projects, so he has continued with this obsession until now.



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