Fraktion Sans is a contemporary grotesque exploring the space between mechanical sturdiness and expressive clarity ● While its inspiration stems from vintage signage lettering the final design is a rather far departure.
The square shape and the compact capitals are the only remnants of the original influence and when set in all-caps the industrial spirit is vaguely present. Even so the typeface has been shaped to a modern, versatile allrounder with a slight technical feel that works great in sober applications for screen and in editorial - and still maintains character to be a strong voice in branding ■ An exaggerated spur on the lowercase a and ink traps are defining visual characteristics just as the squared-off rounds’ true verticals help create a steady cadence.
The proportional Sans is complemented by a fixed-width design: Fraktion Mono. The refitted letter shapes of the monospaced design add a surprising playfulness to a genre that generally feels more technical, making Fraktion Mono’s cuts the more informal bunch of the family ▲ Both typefaces offer plenty of typographic solutions through OpenType features like case sensitive punctuation, stylistic alternates, fractions and slashed zero. The 7 upright weights each have an italic counterpart and both sets are available as variable fonts.