Haettenschweiler is a realist sans-serif typeface based on an uppercase metal-cast type called Schmalfette Grotesk (German for bold condensed sans-serif). The face is named for Walter Haettenschweiler, who with Armin Haab, published the book Lettera which uses Schmalfette Grotesk.
Haettenschweiler is often compared with Helvetica Inserat and Impact. Haettenschweiler has narrower characters than Impact. The uppercase R has a curved tail similar to that in the Helvetica family. Counters are minimal, contributing to a loss of legibility in smaller point sizes and in distance reading. The face is installed with Microsoft Office products and is widely available as shareware. It is used in the Nottingham Forest logo, with a modified R and a lowercase E at upper-case height. It is also used on the dollar amounts on the board on the American game show Jeopardy! since 1984.
- Haettenschweiler, Walter and Armin Haab. Lettera 4: a standard book of fine lettering. Hastings House, 1972.