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concept

As type-design always is occupied with »how to design all elements of a glyph as well as possible?«, the ‘Frgmnt’ poses the counterquestion »which elements of a glyph could be renounced?«

A starting point for this question is a study about the “Features for Identification of Uppercase and Lowercase Letters” form the university of Victoria and the university of Montréal. Basis for the experiment is the widely spread font ‘Arial’. From this font all upper- and lower-case-letters (except for umlauts, diacritical signs and nummerals) were overlaid with different blur effects and particles. The evaluation results which elements of every glyph are the most important for recognition.

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Hence the ‘Frgmnt r’ – like the scientific study – evaluates the recognition of every single letter, the typeface is nearly unreadable if set in a sentence. In contrast, to approach a homogeneous appearance, the ‘Frgmnt s’ creates formal similar signs. Some like x, X or c, C are nearly identical, others like n, m and u or v and y use a equal construction. Sill others like b, d, p and q or k and K are shaped from related elements.

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characteristics

Both weights of ‘Frgmnt b’ and ‘Frgmnt s’ , could be set one above the other, cause both fonts are equally spaced.

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

character set

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Information & Download

8 comments

  1. Chris Kelly, on

    This font is crazy, i love it! When will it be available for download?

  2. mataranka, on

    nachdem ich schon vor wochen angefragt habe, wann es die schrift zum download gibt, kam leider keine antwort. sehr kundenfreundlich. dann bringe die typografen erst gar nicht in versuchung und mach bitte deine downloadofferte weg.

  3. Jakob Runge, on

    @mataranka: ich kann leider keine eine anfrage von deiner email-adresse in meinem postfach finden…. wie auch immer. hab’ bitte ein bißchen verständnis – wir sind kein font-shop, sondern studenten, die durchaus auch anders um die ohren haben.
    … die “frgmnt” ist zwar noch nicht absehbar zum download verfügbar, da sie erst komplett ausgebaut verkauft wird – es gibt aber durchaus schon einige studentsiche projekte, die mit der schrift als free-font-version arbeiten.

  4. Jakob Runge, on

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  5. ayah, on

    Jakob!

    The font is great! I’d love to experiment some designs for school (still a student!). When will it be available for download?

  6. Emma, on

    Similar font:
    http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/brassfonts/styptic/regular/characters.html
    Font name: Styptic
    Designers: Guido Schneider
    Design date: 1995
    Publisher: Brass Fonts

  7. Jakob Runge, on

    @emme: thanks for your link, never heard of that font before.
    well, it’s true, that »frgmnt s« – like »Styptic« – is based on just making intimations on letters shape. anyway, »frgmnt s« is describing a grotesque (not a serif) and is referenced to scientific studies in it’s design of shapes – but according to http://www.brass-fonts.de/start/brass-fonts/styptic/special-nav/styptic-info.html both typefaces are similar in their concept of design.

  8. Margarita, on

    this font is awesome!
    how to download it

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