Lindemann Sans


Lindemann Sans is an immediately inviting typeface with a pleasing distinct visual voice grounded by geometry and golden proportions. This modern geometric san serif typeface serves the interpretive needs of modern design through its legibility. This legibility is achieved through proportional balance of each letter based on the golden ratio, open counters, high x-height and wider individual shapes. In addition, a high level of legibility is arrived through distinctive glyphs like a, e, @, and f, which are engaging and add to Lindemann Sans visual voice.

Being a modern, spirited, tech-savvy typeface, Lindemann Sans has many of the features demanded by today’s designers. These features include 800 characters within each font, many ligatures, full numbers sets, small caps, alternative characters and other niceties found in opentype fonts. Due to Lindemann Sans high legibility, geometric sans tradition, and a large feature set list, it is a very versatile typeface and can be used in replacement of the more commonly used sans.

Specifically, Lindemann Sans can be used by technology corporations, architectural firms in their supporting materials, in magazines as headers and key-points, as the typeface for professional keynotes, for the package design industry as a whole, in automotive concept projects, and for cosmetic branding for high class hair products. With its inviting nature it may also be used for liberal arts promotional materials. In addition, this typeface can be used by green industries because of its nature derived proportions.

Each style and weight of Lindemann Sans adheres to the same geometric and golden proportions, however, each weight is innately noteworthy. For example, there is a charm that is found in the ultralight weight’s elegant geometry and lights impressive use as oversized headlines. It shines with true clarity of vision with the book weight and the versatility of the medium. One cannot overlook the power and pacing of the bold and extra bold weights with its clear counters and restrained letter forms. Within Lindemann Sans family each weight has a distinctive role to play but stays true to its purpose.

PF Lindemann SansĀ is available fromĀ Parachute.


How I made Lindemann Sans

In early 2008, motivated by a self-imposed challenge, the first designs of Lindemann Sans were created. This endeavor started with the hope to create a geometric sans serif font with traditional ideals, but with a modern tech-savvy voice. The first month of design was challenging due to the struggle with unity of form. After reviewing my drafts, I decided that the structure needs to be the guiding framework. Once the structure was in place, I was inspired by the mathematical golden ratio and the Fibonacci Spiral. This mathematical logarithm appears everywhere in nature from leafs, flowers, pinecones, and most commonly nautilus shells. I then incorporated this natural spiral into my final versions of Lindemann Sans.

After choosing this spiral as the cornerstone of the design, the next step was to create a spiral matrix in Adobe Illustrator. This matrix was used in creating all 800 glyphs found within each font of Lindemann Sans. It was the skeletal structure for many design decisions, such as, the x-height being three spirals high, most glyphs being two large spirals wide, and the dissection of multiple spiral intersections to form the angles for many of the curves found within the typeface. An unintended surprise was how clearly Latin glyph shapes could be housed within this matrix and how the spirals themselves became inspiration for the curves found within the finished typeface. Also, many of the lowercase terminals, spurs, and tails were derived from the Fibonacci Spirals. (more…)