Merging parallel efforts
Back in 2013, both Fabian at Dinamo and Leo and Simon at Omnigroup had separately been studying and digitizing individual Käch characters for their own graphic design projects. Dan Solbach then used an early version of Fabian’s Walter Alte Rauchwaren as the custom typeface for Kunsthalle Zürich’s 2015 redesign (more on that here), while at the same time, Omnigroup used their digitization for the identity of Museum Brot und Kunst in Ulm, Germany.
After finally meeting Leo and Simon during a workshop at ECAL in Lausanne in 2016, we decided to join forces and bring our parallel efforts together. Once we shared our vows, we split the tasks. Omnigroup’s Leo was the heavy lifter behind Alte Walter, taking over where Fabian had left. Simon steered Neue all the way to the finish line. From their helicopter perspective, Fabian and Johannes jumped in whenever assistance was needed while also providing a space for conversations, feedback, and spiritual guidance.