Natron Alt

Natron Alt

Natron Alt

Natron Alt

Natron Alt

Inspiration: font MT Grotesque (1926 Frank Hinman Pierpont)

poster A1 (front & back)

Natron is a relatively classical sans-serif typeface (grotesque). The Alt version has what appears to be ink-traps which are not in actual fact necessary today. So this emphasizes it's originality and characteristic appearance. The story began with the research of grotesque typefaces. However, not many of them were digitalized. I wanted to use one of them in a re-edition of Vladislav Vancura's novel. So I decided to create a version of Monotype Grotesque (1926 Frank Hinman Pierpont). Natron is a more narrow typeface with an elevated x-height. I fell in love with a detail in the character "a" which you can find in MT Grotesque Bold – the very thin connection of a bowl on a stem. I incorporated this into all characters where possible and thus was created the Matterhorn typeface. Later I modified this typeface and added a version without these details so it was borned Natron and Natron Alt.


Natron also drew on the following for inspiration; Venus (1907), Ideal Grotesque, Akzidenz-Grotesk (1896 Berthold Type Foundry), Helvetica (1957 Max Miedinger & Eduard Hoffmann), Unica (Team '77, Lineto) and Plain (2013 François Rappo).


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First Sketch: 5/2012

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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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