The Beeb required a display font for use in a documentary about the famous design school, The Bauhaus. It had to be suggestive of the typefaces created by notorious Bauhaus typographer, Herbert Bayer and it had to display well on screen.
Herbert Bayer and his colleagues paved the way for what we know as modern typography, but the influence of the Bauhaus goes further still than fonts. For example, Walter Gropius, the 'founding father' of the Bauhaus, can lay claim to having conceptualised the modern city, and I dare say Ikea wouldn't be Ikea without the influence of Bauhaus design. However times have changed. Bayers' views on type design are considered too extreme for our taste. His idea was to simplify text without mercy. He attempted to end the use of two cases, saying there was no point using two alphabets. He  advocated modern, simple sans serif fonts, but even then he would dock what was left of any sign of a serif on his ultra-gothic fonts.

In this project I have taken as much of his influence as modern type logic will allow. I hacked off any remnants of a serif, limited the font to a single weight, insisted on clarity and so on, but I could not avoid utilizing separate upper and lower cases. A previous BBC documentary about the Bauhaus utilized Bayer's 'Sturm Blond' font, which has one case. It did not display well. The font mainly consists of lower case symbols, but the S, T and U are all capital looking, giving any text on display an UnSTeady SorT of look. He also beheaded the 'j' character, I thought that was a bit miserly.
So, here you have it, Beebhaus font. It looks great on screen, but ultimately will be lost in a sea of other fonts with similar motivations (like whatever they use for the Bebo, Dre Beats and Fenchurch logos). I haven't shown here, but it has every symbol included that you will ever need (accents, numbers, basic mathematical symbols etc). I retain full rights to this font, the BBC only had licence to use it once. As such, if anyone has a use for this font I will email it to you in exchange for enough coins to get a large German beer. My email is
Back to Top