Handel Gothic

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Handel Gothic
Handel Gothic Type Specimen.svg
ClassificationGeometric sans-serif
Designer(s)Donald J. Handel, Robert Trogman
Date released1960s
Re-issuing foundriesBitstream, Elsner+Flake, Linotype, Tilde SIA, URW++, ITC

Handel Gothic is a geometric sans-serif typeface. The typeface was designed in the mid-1960s by Donald J. Handel (1936–2002), who worked for the graphic designer Saul Bass.[1] It was a companion typeface for the 1972 Warner Bros. logo and wordmark developed at Saul Bass' studios. It was also used in the 1973 United Airlines logo developed by Bass. It was used in the end credits of Sesame Street from 1983-1992.

When first released, Handel Gothic was an instant success. The typeface was originally distributed in film format by FotoStar and was reissued in the 1980s by Robert Trogman.[citation needed]

It was a popular font in the 1980s due to its futuristic design, and even today is used to signify the future; it has been used in the credits of both Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as the logo for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Handel Gothic was also used for the end credits on CBS's The Price Is Right from 1972 to 1981.[citation needed] Handel Gothic was also used for the end credits of Sesame Street (1983-1992).

The Elsner+Flake, Linotype and URW++ versions use a curved leg on uppercase R (like that of Helvetica), a horizontal tail on the uppercase Q (like that of Univers), a curved lower leg on the lowercase k, and a trident-like lowercase w.[2]

The Bitstream and Tilde SIA versions, however, use a thicker 1, a straight leg on the uppercase R (like that of Akzidenz Grotesk), a straight lower leg on the lowercase k, and a double-v w.

Handel Gothic Cyrillic[edit]

It is a version by Tilde SIA with Cyrillic support. The family includes 1 font.

ITC Handel Gothic (2008)[edit]

It is a re-proportioned version designed by Rod McDonald, released in March 2008 by International Typeface Corporation.

The original release includes 5 fonts in 5 weights. OpenType features include fractions, ligatures, ordinals, stylistic alternates and subscript/superscript. Italic versions of the fonts were introduced with release of ITC Handel Gothic Pro.

ITC Handel Gothic Pro (2010)[edit]

It is a version of ITC Handel Gothic with complementary italic designs, support of Adobe Central Europe character set, addition of ligatures and alternate characters.[3][4]

Additional OpenType features include localized forms, stylistic set 1.

ITC Handel Gothic Arabic (2015)[edit]

It is a version of ITC Handel Gothic for Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages, designed by Nadine Chahine of Monotype Imaging, based on Kufic script.[5]

The font family includes 5 fonts in 5 weights, without italics.

URW++ Handel Slab (2009)[edit]

A slab-serif counterpart to URW++ Handel Gothic with three weights (Light, Medium, Bold) and obliques styles to complement them.[6]

Corporate identity uses[edit]

  • 343 Industries, the current developer of the Halo video game franchise, have used Handel Gothic in their logo since their first game, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, released in 2011.[7][8] This follows the font being used in the first game in the Halo series, Halo: Combat Evolved (in menus in-game, and in the game's instruction manual),[9] which was developed by Bungie and released in 2001.
  • ADFC – Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club, the German NGO, supporting cycling, uses Handel Gothic as their corporate logo font.[10]
  • American Motors / AMC Eagle car model emblem from 1980 until 1987, used for the name of the car model EAGLE.
  • Arkon Technologies – Handel Gothic Light[11]
  • Canon EOS autofocus photographic cameras line emblem since 1987, used for the name of the camera line EOS.[12]
  • CentOS, a Linux distribution, uses Handel Gothic in its logo.
  • Cinemax Studios (now GMA Films) Used the font in 1997 until June 24, 1998
  • Disney – The Walt Disney Company used Handel Gothic in the logo of The Disney Channel from 1983 to 1986. The font was also used on the Walt Disney Home Video logo Neon Mickey from 1983 to 1986. the clamshells from Walt Disney Home Video usually from 1980 to early 1984. Additionally, it was featured on the 1971 to 1996 Walt Disney World logo with a Mickey silhouette within an oversized "D", as well as on signage within Epcot center prior to refurbishments.
  • Robotnik Automation – uses Handel Gothic in their logo.[13]
  • Korean Broadcasting System- Korean national public television broadcaster's logo.
  • Mega (Chilean TV channel) – used Handel Gothic for its news division in the early 2000s. Additionally, his newscast program Meganoticias used Handel Gothic in their logo from 2000 until 2010.
  • Metro TV (Indonesia) Used this font in logo since 2010.
  • Pepsi Cola Logos from 1987 to 2003 featured this font.
  • San Miguel Corporation uses Handel Gothic as their corporate logo font since 1975.[14]
  • TV Patrol, a newscast in the Philippines, used this font since 2001.
  • United Airlines – In 1973 Saul Bass developed the United logo that featured a customized red and blue "Double U" logo and underneath Handel Gothic logotype.[15]
  • Univision – Has used the font for its graphics packages during the early 2000s.
  • Volvo – has used the font since 1974. Initially, it was used for the model badges on its cars, but this application ceased in the early 1980s when it began to be used for the instrument panel and dashboard graphics, where it has been applied ever since.
  • WWF SmackDown! used it for the first 2 years of the show, as the nameplate font for wrestlers, commentators and other various graphics from 1999 to 2001.
  • ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) – German national public television broadcaster's logo.[16]


  1. ^ Donald Young. Fonts & Logos, DelphiPress. ISBN 978-0-9673316-0-7/ ISBN 978-0-9673316-0-7
  2. ^ "Handel Gothic EF™ – Webfont & Desktop font". MyFonts. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ "ITC Handel Gothic Pro - ITCFonts.com". Web.archive.org. 21 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ ITC Handel Gothic – What's old is new again. Master type designer Rod McDonald revives, expands and enhances the Handel Gothic family
  5. ^ The popular ITC Handel Gothic, now for Arabic, Persian, and Urdu
  6. ^ Handel Slab
  7. ^ "343 Industries". 343 Industries. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary | Games | Halo - Official Site". www.halowaypoint.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Halo: Combat Evolved manual" (PDF). Bungie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Corporate Design Manual – ADFC" (PDF). adfc.de. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Brand Identity – Arkon". Scribd.com. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  12. ^ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canon_EOS.svg
  13. ^ "Robotnik Automation".
  14. ^ https://isamunangpatalastas.blogspot.com/2019/09/239-new-corporate-logo-for-san-miguel.html
  15. ^ "Aerosite – United Airlines- A Branding Evolution". Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  16. ^ "ZDF, Corporate Design Styleguide" (PDF). Design Tagebuch. Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

External links[edit]

ITC Handel Gothic[edit]