Trefort Grotesk font

PROJECT DESCRIPTION I was commissioned to design a custom typeface for a World War II monument at Eötvös Loránd University commemorating the university's students and professors who fell victim to the war. The names of the victims, along with their most important biographical data, were CNC-milled into bronze rods built into the facades of the school's buildings at its Trefort Garden campus. The stripe is 1 cm in height and 200 meters in length, featuring the names of 198 victims in 9454 characters. 180 kg of bronze have been used. A number of formal limitations imposed upon the design process by the technique of milling strongly determined the typeface's character. As a result, Trefort Grotesk is a unicase, mono-line, condensed sans serif featuring open counters, some stenciled glyphs, and as few stroke joints as possible. Apart from type design I was responsible for designing various print collateral as well as the website of the project. ARCHITECTS Ildikó Bujdosó, János Roth, Levente Szabó, Nóra Szigeti SCULPTURE & METAL WORKS Farkas Albert, Tamás Albert, Kristóf Albert CNC XFER WEB DEVELOPMENT Circumstances PROJECT MANAGEMENT Péter György TYPE DESIGN, TYPESETTING, GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN Ákos Polgárdi

2014
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
I was commissioned to design a custom typeface for a World War II monument at Eötvös Loránd University commemorating the university's students and professors who fell victim to the war. The names of the victims, along with their most important biographical data, were CNC-milled into bronze rods built into the facades of the school's buildings at its Trefort Garden campus. The stripe is 1 cm in height and 200 meters in length, featuring the names of 198 victims in 9454 characters. 180 kg of bronze have been used.
A number of formal limitations imposed upon the design process by the technique of milling strongly determined the typeface's character. As a result, Trefort Grotesk is a unicase, mono-line, condensed sans serif featuring open counters, some stenciled glyphs, and as few stroke joints as possible. Apart from type design I was responsible for designing various print collateral as well as the website of the project.
 
ARCHITECTS
Ildikó Bujdosó, János Roth, Levente Szabó, Nóra Szigeti
 
SCULPTURE & METAL WORKS
Farkas Albert, Tamás Albert, Kristóf Albert

CNC
XFER
 
WEB DEVELOPMENT
Circumstances

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Péter György
 
TYPE DESIGN, TYPESETTING, GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN
Ákos Polgárdi
WORK IN PROGRESS
Photo © Farkas Albert
FINISHED WORK
POSITIVE VERSION
THE NAMES

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