Beton (typeface)

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Beton Bold in a metal type sample

Beton is a slab-serif typeface designed by Heinrich Jost and released originally by the Bauer Type Foundry from 1929 onwards, with most major styles released by 1931.[1][2] "Beton" is German for concrete (originally from French), a choice of name suggesting its industrial aesthetic.

Beton is a "geometric" slab serif, reflecting the style of German geometric sans-serifs (in particular Futura) which had attracted considerable attention, and adapting the design to the slab serif structure.[3] Its structure is therefore quite strictly monoline. However, its letter 'a' is the conventional 'double-storey' 'a' used in most printing, unlike some of its competitors which reduce the letter to a circular single-story 'a'.

Beton and other similar designs were popular in printing during the 1930s. Competitors included the contemporary Memphis, Karnak in the United States and Rosmini from Nebiolo in Italy, and (a later and particularly similar design) Rockwell from Monotype.[4] Beton has the normal "double-storey" 'a' used in printing, making it unlike Memphis and Karnak. Contemporary designs in a similar style include Neutraface Slab and Archer.[5][6][7] Beton itself has been released digitally by several companies including URW and Linotype.[8][9]


  1. ^ ""Bauer Beton" type specimen catalog by The Bauer Type Foundry Inc". Flickr. Herb Lubalin Study Center. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Beton". Fonts in Use. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ Tam, Keith. "The revival of slab-serif typefaces in the 20th century" (PDF). University of Reading (MA thesis). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ Jonathan Hoefler; Tobias Frere-Jones. "Sentinel: historical background". Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Christian. "Neutraface Slab". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Neutraface Slab". House Industries. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Earls, David John. "Archer". Typographica. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  8. ^ "URW Beton". MyFonts.
  9. ^ "Linotype Beton". MyFonts.

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