About this typeface
After coming across a design manual for road surface signage in a thrift store in Rio de Janeiro, spurring a continual look-out for workers painting letters onto concrete, Fabian sketched what would become the beginnings of ABC Asfalt. Back home in Switzerland, he found a stencilled version of a very similar design in a volume of Niggli’s mid-century Lettera series, serving as the reference for a glyph set extension. ABC Asfalt’s elongated, tightly-packed forms stem from the road letters themselves, which are stretched to compensate for the low perspective of an approaching car; from the driver’s seat, words like “STOP” and “GO” read perfectly compact. In recent years, we collaborated with Studio Yukiko on developing the typeface for its street-minded Berlin Nike marathon designs, and the display font also appeared across the website of electronic artist Ghostape. ABC Asfalt is entirely uppercase with just one emphatic weight, covering numbers, punctuation, and accented letters that support over 80 languages.
Design: Dinamo (Fabian Harb)
Production: Dinamo (Robert Janes)
Artwork: Simon Merz, Bones Garage
Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bemba, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Malay, Maltese, Montenegrin, Māori, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Inari Sami, Lule Sami, Northern Sami, Southern Sami, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh and more