A Reinterpretation of Edel Grotesk
This typeface is available exclusively through Monotype.
|Release Date||August 2023|
|No. of Fonts||99 OTF Fonts
1 TTF Variable Font
|Weights & Styles||Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold, Ultra | Compressed, Condensed, Narrow, Regular, Wide, Extended|
|No. of Glyphs||550+|
|European Language Support||Latin only|
Not only am I a Type Designer, but I would also consider myself a Type Hunter. Ever since I first embarked on my type design journey I have been seeking “lost typefaces”, searching anywhere that historic type may be found, from faded ghost signs, to lettering on the façades of business premises, and opening titles to old movies. This is how previous type families Woodford Bourne, Arundel, and Eurocine came into being. Recently, I stumbled across a forgotten typeface in the opening titles of two films from the early 1970s – La coda dello scorpione (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Alla ricerca del piacere (Amuck!). I did not initially recognise the type but was enchanted by its quirks and charm. After some research, I discovered this type was closest to Edel Grotesk, a type family with a vague history and very few resources available.
So, this is my interpretation of Edel Grotesk – a lost typeface from circa 1914 produced by Johannes Wagner GmbH of Ingolstadt, Germany. PG Grotesque is definitely not a revival, or even a faithful reproduction of that typeface as I was unable to source enough accurate references. I have taken the essence and unique characteristics of that typeface and brought this forgotten gem right into the 21st century. The full family features 99 fonts spread across 9 weights and 6 widths, it also comes as a single variable font so that you can fine tune the width, weight, and italic angle to your exact preference.
Distinctive features include high-waisted capitals, a straight-legged capital ‘R’, and flattened arches in the ‘a’ and ‘g’ glyphs. Using PG Grotesque will give your typography a distinctly retro feel with its vintage heritage inherent in every character.
You will find this is an incredibly versatile typeface with added value from its extensive language coverage along with small caps availability at the click of a button. PG Grotesque will prove to be a valuable asset in your type arsenal.
#1 Hot New Font at MyFonts from 14th to 20th September, 2023.