Not even the great Morris Fuller Benton
could resist the temptation to construct a square typeface. Georg Trump
had led the way with City in 1930, followed by Aldo Novarese
(33 Eurostile, 1962) and most recently – with great consistency – Achaz Reuss
(FF QType, 2004) and Christian Schwartz
(FF Oxide, 2005).
Morris Fuller Benton took inspiration from a late-19th-century gravestone, whose inscription he recorded by taking a rubbing. He created Bank Gothic
as a typeface made exclusively of small capitals, which adds to the technical impression it creates.
Ice-cold Bank Gothic typography to suit the subject matter
©20th Century Fox
In February 2007, Linotype released a wonderfully reinterpreted and expanded version of Bank Gothic, Morris Sans
, designed by Dan Reynolds
under type director Akira Kobayashi. For the first time, the geometric typeface was available in three weights and two widths, with a lowercase and a great number of extras. The new typeface takes its name from its original “inventor”.
A useful reworking of Bank Gothic: Morris Sans by Dan Reynolds