Yanone Kaffeesatz

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Credits

Designer(s)
Jan Gerner
Foundry(ies)
Yanone
Release Year
2004
Country of Origin
Germany
Classification
Sans Serif
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
Jan Gerner
Tags
display, humanist, logo, packaging, round, sans serif, soft

Background

Yanone’s first ever finished typeface, who, at the time, still was a type design novice. Its bold weight was reminiscent of 1920s coffee house typog­raphy, while the rather thin fonts made the connection with present times. Lacking self-​confidence, and having little experience with the type scene, Yanone decided to publish the family as freeware. This decision actually turned out to be one of the best he ever made, since it gained him inter­na­tional recog­nition in the earliest stages of his devel­opment as a type designer. Kaffeesatz was downloaded from Yanone’s website alone over 100,000 times to date, and you can see it used on German fresh-​water gyms, Dubai mall promos, and New Zealand McDonald’s ads. And of course on coffee, food packaging, and café design all over the globe.

Kaffeesatz was updated, redrawn, and released as FF Kava.

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