Haptic

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Credits

Designer(s)
Henning Skibbe
Foundry(ies)
http://www.dehac.de
Release Year
2008
Country of Origin
Germany

Background

Several considerations lie at the basis for Haptic, the typeface Henning Skibbe designed for his thesis. On the one hand he wanted to develop a sans serif typeface, on the other hand he set out to research with how much «character» a design can stand before it starts affecting legibility. This character is deter­mined by many factors “ contrast, serifs, counters, intercharacter space, cap-, ascender-, descender- and x-height, width, line quality, ductus, etc. Haptic is neither cool nor technical; it conveys visual warmth and sympathy, but remains perfectly readable and therefore versatile. From the onset Haptic was planned as a type family. It comes in a wide range of weights, carefully balanced to serve all typographic needs.

Large parts of the typeface were sketched and drawn directly on the computer. The rounded, slightly broadened stroke endings •€” derived from ink bleed when writing with pen and ink “ emphasise the x-height and guide the eye along the text. Pronounced ink traps are featured in both the italic and the roman styles. The terminals are either slightly angular or have a convex swing, similar to those found in analogue writing. The overall impression is soft and friendly.

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