Folio (typeface)

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Category Grotesque sans-serif
Designer(s) Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum
Foundry Bauer foundry
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 Bauersche Gießerei (in English: Bauer foundry). Bauer licensed the design to Fonderie Typographique Française for sale in France under the name Caravelle.

Like Helvetica and Univers, which were also released at the same time, it is part of the International Typographic Style and modeled after Akzidenz-Grotesk. However, Folio is more closely modeled on Akzidenz-Grotesk than the other two, which have larger x-heights. Due to good marketing, 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:

In common use[edit]

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

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