Nine Inch Nails – Things Falling Apart album art
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Hi there, excellent post!
It would be nice to know more about those lost fonts of the late 90s – I recall having trouble identifying Index and others in David Carson’s work for NIN such as this example: images-na.ssl-images-amazon…
Do you have any insights about what font is this?
Keep up the good work :)
Hi Rafael, thanks for your comment!
Yes, the 1990s are an interesting and underexplored era. This first wave of indie digital type design brought lots of new actors with a fresh perspective and unconventional approaches. Much of the experimental faces were first celebrated and soon dismissed as grunge, and indeed a good chunk of it was not substantial, or made to last. Among the 1990s fonts that have disappeared are some true gems, though.
The one you mention is one of them. I was stumped, but my colleague Stephen tracked it down. It appears to be Jensans, drawn by Jens Gehlhaar in 1997. It evolved from his earlier Cornwall and Crow, and was further developed in 2012 as Alfasans and Alfaserif. In 2013, Gehlhaar gave a lecture at Typo Berlin where he recounts the story. Jensans was shared with designer colleagues, but probably never officially released.