version: 3.4, last changed Saturday, August 11, 2012
Interpol Sans Classic
  • OpenType font, identical to the original PostScript font family.
  • 12 fonts
  • Small caps and two styles of figures.

Font Name: Interpol Sans · Designer ⇢ Hannes Famira, 1992
Typeface Interpol Sans by Hannes Famira

Typeface Description
The Interpol Sans is the sans serif branch of a family of robust, low contrast typefaces designed for legibility in low resolution situations. It performs particularly well on media like television and computer screens or in projections and on lightboxes.

The Interpol family of typefaces also runs a little narrow. While it is not quite a condensed it is definitely slightly less space consuming than classic proportions prescribe. In Dutch this is called "zuinig", thrifty. It means that the Interpol will fit just a few more words in one line of text than the run of the mill sans serif. This is interesting for narrow columns and headlines or just for publications that need to accommodate a lot of text on a page without ending up looking crammed.

The Interpol started as a graduation project at the kabk, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag in the summer of 1992. This design examines a number of issues:
  • How low is the contrast between the thinnest and the most prominent parts in a character that tolerates serifs but will do equally well without them.
  • What happens to the shape of medium weight characters when they are the result of an interpolation (hence the name "Interpol") between two rather extreme weights like a really bold and a really thin typeface. Or rather: what is it that needs to be done to the extremes in order to produce the optimal interpolated middle weight.
  • What really is the succession of weights that will appear the most linear to the readers eye.
These rough sketches were not templates for digitization but served in the design process to find the right shapes, to understand the direction in which the design was going. The Interpol was drawn entirely in RoboFab and later revised and expanded in FontLab Studio, looking at sketches while drawing beziers.

This font features
Font format
• OpenType
Supported OT-Features
ligature euro
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