Font Family: Fakt SemiCondensed, Number of fonts: 20*OTF, Type Foundry: Ourtype, Designer: Thomas Thiemich, Design date: 2010
Fakt, designed by Thomas Thiemich, is a highly functional sanserif. It is Theimich's second typeface for OurType, following his Alto design, a humanist sanserif.
Different from Alto, whose design speaks of the 1990s, Fakt revisits archetypal sanserifs of earlier decades: Miedinger and Hoffmann's Neue Haas Grotesk / Helvetica (the 1950s) and Renner's Futura (the 1920s). Fakt combines the best of each of grotesk and geometrical sanserif traditions but not by mere interpolation. Instead, it offers a stylistic 'toggle' to put it crudely: on one hand - a neutral grotesk, on the other - a geometrical sans. Switch to the stylistic alternates and letter shapes are subtly changed, altering Fakt's mood. The result is a double design that in each style is well balanced and refined.
Fakt is a child of its time, offering choices efficiently and in an accessible way. It is a well behaved child but also a clever one, respectful of its sanserif parents while bringing them new joy. Fakt's designer Theimich views tradition from the present, and so has updated the past using today's tools and techniques with intelligence and cunning.
A fine pick for posters, magazines or art catalogues, digital applications or new corporate environments, Fakt brings a subtle modern perfume to this genre of sanserif design.
Fakt consists of ten weights of roman and italic designs, built around three widths. The family features an extended range of thin weights, including the ethereal and never-before-seen 'Air'. The standard character set comprises small caps and basic sets of figures, as well as the stylistic alternates' set; small caps; lining, old style and small cap figures (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive superiors, inferiors, nominators and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols; arrows; standard and discretionary ligatures; stylistic alternates' set; and a complete range of accents covering all (Latin script based) Western, Central and East European languages.