Bauhaus (typeface)

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Bauhaus and Bauhaus 93 Typeface.svg
CategorySans serif
Designer(s)Joe Taylor
Date created1969
Re-issuing foundriesITC Ronda
ITC Bauhaus
CharactersBauhaus 93: 240
GlyphsBauhaus 93: 270
Design based onUniversal
VariationsBauhaus 93

The Bauhaus typeface design is based on Herbert Bayer's 1925 experimental Universal typeface and the Bauhaus aesthetic overall.


Blippo was designed by Joe Taylor for Fotostar in 1969 as a black version of Burko Bold, which, in turn, is based on the unfinished design by the German Bauhaus school. The font was named Blippo Black by Taylor's boss, Robert Trogman.[1] It retains proportion and fit of ITC Ronda.

Bauhaus 93[edit]

Bauhaus 93 is a variant of URW Blippo Black. Only one font was produced. It is used in Microsoft Word, and is also used for the Postman Pat logo, around Disney's Polynesian Resort, and on the title screens for Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as the Amiibo logo. Also used on Xinwen Lianbo in 1996 and Chuzzle.[citation needed]

ITC Ronda[edit]

It was designed by Herb Lubalin in 1970. It adds lowercase letters to the family.

Distinguishing characteristics include the shapes of the upper right third of the capital B, P and R, as well as the half-circle form of the descender of the Q. ITC Ronda is similar to Michael Neugebauer's "Litera"; both fonts display styles characteristic of the Bauhaus work.

ITC Bauhaus[edit]

ITC Bauhaus was designed by Ed Benguiat and Victor Caruso in 1975. Inheriting the simple geometric shapes and monotone stroke weights of Herbert Bayer's universal, it includes separate upper and lower case characters. Five weights of Roman fonts were made for this family. Unlike the earlier ITC Ronda, it includes open end stroke at places where counters would be created.

Bauhaus Heavy was originally intended to be a display-only design and was accompanied by Bauhaus Outline. With the advent of digital technology, the Outline version was dropped from the family, while the Bauhaus Heavy was made part of the now text/display offering.

Under Adobe's development, the font family supports the ISO-Adobe character set for the PostScript version. In OpenType Std version, it supports the Adobe Western 2 character set.

Monotype also produced versions that include Cyrillic or Central European characters.

The font was also named "Geometric 752" by Bitstream, "BH" by Itek.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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