13 December 2011

Font of the week: Kabel

Spotted tonight in the credits for Crazy Stupid Love, Kabel is an early geometric sans-serif font with distinctive lowercase b, e and g. It’s a really nice looking typeface:

Linotype describes the typeface like this:

The first cuts of Kabel appeared in 1927, released by the German foundry Gebr. Klingspor. Like many of the typefaces that Rudolf Koch designed for printing use, Kabel is a carefully constructed and drawn. The basic forms were influenced by the Ancient Roman stone-carved letters, which consisted of just a few pure and clear geometric forms, such as circles, squares, and triangles. Koch also infused Kabel with some elements of Art Deco, making it appear quite different from other geometric modernist typefaces from the 1920s, like Futura.

According to Adobe, the Kabel font was named after the trans-Atlantic telephone cable, which was laid around the time of the font’s first use.

It took me a while to track it down, as my initial searches led me to ITC Avant Garde Gothic and some of its alternate letter forms. It was worth the additional research though. Kabel looks like a font I’ll have to use for something soon.