In 2011 and 2012 I participated in designing the corporate typeface for the German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" at the office "Bureau ErlerSkibbeToensmann". Working hand in hand with type designer Henning Skibbe and Art Director Christian Tönsmann the different styles and weights were carefully designed. The technical part was edited by fontshop.com.
SZ Text is based on the design of the previous typeface "Excelsior" (Chauncey H. Griffith, 1931). The new typeface got narrower with smaller and lighter capitals. To this we added lots of new details, which worked better and made it overall more efficient in tight columns and line spacing.
SZ Serif is based on SZ Text and replaced the "Times" (Stanley Morison, 1931). Higher contrast and slightly narrower letter shapes make it more useful for headline typography.
SZ Serif Condensed has been designed to add an individual touch to SZ’s new weekend paper "SZ am Wochenende".
SZ Sans is designed for strong headlines and replaces "Helvetica" (Max Miedinger, 1957). Its simple and silent shapes give the right touch to the neutral character of "Süddeutsche Zeitung"
SZ Sans Condensed is made for tables in the sport or economy segment. It replaces “FF Unit” (Erik Spiekermann & Christian Schwartz 2003-2011).
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