Type-design during summer semester 2009 at the design department at University of Applied Science with professor Gertrud Nolte. Competently supported by Volker Schnebel and Peter Rosenfeld from the foundry URW++.
A typeface with a slightly squarish and constructed characteristic, however a fine balace between ‘Helvetica’ and ‘DIN”, decent and well legible. On closer inspection the ‘JJ Realis’ offers subtle details like the spurs of ‘a’ or ‘d’ and receives it peculiarity beside its clean characteristic. These specific and repetitive applied shapes do parenthesise the single glyphs to an unit, a jointly and functional type-system.
The typefaces 245 Gylphs are, compared to other book-weights, slightly thinner. Through its significant squarish and constructed shapes the typeface connotes a technical appearance.
First of all the ‘JJ Realis’ is made to be used. Hence its diversified character set there is space for variations and the wide open counters do enhance the legibility. Moreover the huge x-height and the narrow tracking are space-saving and let the ‘JJ Realis’ become an economic font.
Its name deduces from the Latin word ‘realis’ and means: factual, objective and realistic. ‘JJ’ stands for the creators Juliane and Jakob and deduces, with a twinkle in the eye, from abbreviations of huge font foundries.
An important item during the typefaces development was the inquisitiveness of two students. The inquisitiveness for font-production from first to last – the feeling of how to create a typeface from the first concepts up to the final usage. On the one hand there was the will to explore the process of finding the right shapes for every single glyph and on the other hand the interest in kerning and programming OpenType.
The ‘JJ Realis’ is a teamwork. And that is its advantage: All the glyphs were developed, discussed, corrected, re-drawn and discussed again. Thus a variety of variants could be originated by disagreement.
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compatibility of weights
Representative with the word ‘Hamburgefonsitiv’ a concept for equal tracking, whether bold or light, was created .
The ‘JJ Realis’ provides a lot of OpenType-features like, oldstyle figures, case-sensetives, superscripts, fractions and some auto-corrections.