Webfont Specimen

Henriette

The Renaissance of Vienna’s Grande Dame

The Redefinition of a Classic

In the 1920s the Viennese government decided to standardize the street signs across the city. A typeface was especially constructed for the purpose. It was available in a Heavy and a Bold Condensed version, to support short street names as well as longer ones. As the years went by, the typeface was adopted and redrawn by several enamel factories. These adaptations lead to variations on the design, and to the fact that there isn’t a Viennese street sign font but 16 – in part severely – different versions. Henriette is not a digitization of any of those versions; rather, it is influenced by all of them. The italic versions are completely original and designed to accompany the Roman.

Parts of the Henriette type family have a clear model. Other parts are very original. The most interesting bits are in-between.

Normal

Regular

Regular Italic

Medium

Medium Italic

Bold

Bold Italic

Heavy

Heavy Italic

Black

Black Italic

Condensed

Regular

Regular Italic

Medium

Medium Italic

Bold

Bold Italic

Heavy

Heavy Italic

Black

Black Italic

Compressed

Regular

Regular Italic

Medium

Medium Italic

Bold

Bold Italic

Heavy

Heavy Italic

Black

Black Italic

“Finally, after more than 500 years of not having anyone capable of designing text faces, the situation in Austria has changed from nought to one, from off to on. Henriette and its maker Mr. Hochleitner are fine examples of the good times we are facing now enjoying homegrown skillful and witty type design.”

Martin Tiefenthaler

Initiator of the Henriette project and founding member of Typographische Gesellschaft Austria, whose agenda includes the preservation of historic Austrian typography.

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