Folio (typeface)

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Category sans-serif
Classification Neo-grotesque
Designer(s) Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum
Foundry Bauer Type Foundry
Date released 1957
Comparison of distinguishing characters in Akzidenz-Grotesk, Folio, Helvetica, and Univers 55.

Folio is a realist sans-serif typeface designed by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum in 1957 for the Bauer Type Foundry (German: Bauersche Gießerei).[1] Bauer licensed the design to Fonderie Typographique Française for sale in France under the name Caravelle.

Folio is considered part of the International Typographic Style, with Helvetica and Univers also released at the same time. All three are modeled after Akzidenz-Grotesk. However, Folio more closely follows the original model than the other two, which have larger x-heights.[1] The typeface experienced moderate success in the United States. The typeface family was extended in 1963, adding an Extra Bold weight and a Bold Condensed width.

The cold type version was issued by Hell AG.

Visual characteristics[edit]

Characteristics of this typeface are:

lower case: square dot over the letter i. double storey a.

upper case: the capital Q's tail is centered under the figure, the uppercase J has a slight hook, and there are two versions of uppercase R, one with a straight leg and one with a curved leg.

figures:

Usages[edit]

Lowe's uses various weights of Folio on all in-store signage.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meggs, Phillip B.; Carter, Rob (1993). Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces.. Wiley. p. 139. ISBN 0-471-28429-7. 

References[edit]

  • Jaspert, Berry and Johnson. Encyclopaedia of Type Faces. Cassell Paperback, London; 2001. ISBN 1-84188-139-2.
  • Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.