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Even Erik Spiekermann agrees that Helvetica is

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 14, 2008

Even Erik Spiekermann agrees that Helvetica is sometimes an appropriate choice.

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FE-Mittelschrift

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 16, 2007

Erik Spiekermann on FE-Mittelschrift, the typeface used for German license plates.

The official typeface for our license plates is now called FE-Mittelschrift, with FE meaning it is Fälschungs-Erschwert, i.e. difficult to forge. Apparently car thieves, terrorists and notorious law-breakers had been exploiting DIN’s geometric construction principle and turning E into F or 3 into 8 etc by simply using a bit of black tape or white paint.

Here are all the alphanumeric characters:

FE-Mittelschrift

Note the tamper-resistant differences between the 6 (no notch) and 9 (notched), the E & F, the I & 1, the O & zero, the P & R, and so on.

Great clean, simple design for the Le

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 19, 2007

Great clean, simple design for the Le Monde Diplomatique newspaper. Here’s some more info on the publication.

Erik Spiekermann explains how Nokia’s corporate typeface

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 10, 2006

Erik Spiekermann explains how Nokia’s corporate typeface came to be. Looks like it was based on one of Nokia’s onscreen bitmap fonts. I’ve always wanted to create a “real” version of Silkscreen like that.