Can I just take a moment to declare my undying love for Carrosserie? There you go. I did it. I stumbled across this little bundle of joy when on the look out for 1930′s inspired typefaces for my work with Swing Patrol and it’s sparked a bit of an obsession.
I have always been a sucker for graphics from the 1920s the early 40s. I blame my father. For years he was an enthusiastic collector of anything from the Art Deco period, anything from the amber glass vases that decorated our 1920s china cabinet to my vintage Rupert the Bear annuals. I was surrounded with the stuff. However, if you had told me at the age of seven, that I would spend my Twenties salivating over Typefaces and posters from the era, I’d have thought you were mad. Like any self respecting 8 year old, I was all set for a career as a Marine Biologist.
Of course, Carrosserie isn’t actually a 1930s typeface. It’s inspired by the 1930s and I think that’s why I like it. It’s a modern take on a vintage era. It chimed perfectly for my work with Swing Patrol and it’s gone on to be one of the principal typefaces I use for their print work. It’s a brilliant display typeface. It’s available in thin, extralight, light, regular, medium, bold & fat and comes with a whole bunch of alternate characters and special domain symbols.
Unsurprisingly, it’s Swiss. Of course it is. Has there ever been a nation of people more genetically pre-disposed to typographic perfection? However, it’s currently the only thing I can find by Typographer Fabian Widmer. I wait with baited breath for more 1930s inspired joys. Perhaps I have found a fellow obsessive. Probably not…but we live in hope.