Warsaw types is a collection of 12 fonts inspired by Warsaws Typographic heritage. The Project is cofunded by the city of Warsaw and all 12 font families are available on the SIL Open Font License (my jaw dropped to see that these high quality typefaces are also free).
The site is great (although it is still under construction with about/resouces and shopping cart still to come) I love that it profiles each of the designers (Many of whome are students). I struggled to pick a favourite to share with you - these are brilliant! But here is an overview of some of the best and brightest -
In the old Warsaw’s urban slang, Apropal means a small time crook. This font is inspired by the “Czytelnik” bookstore, the information signs from Warsaw’s Zoo, and designs found in the “Lettering Techniques” book manual, by Jan Wojeński. “Apropal” is a sans-serif display font, ideal for decorative signs, also with a vertical text direction.
As the name suggestes Tagger is inspired by Warsaw’s graffiti. It’s a modern script font with a dynamic character and casual forms. Tagger is a perfect fit for visual identity of bars, restaurants, shops. It can also be used for menus, price tags, labels and announcements.
“Bajaderka” font is inspired by lettering of the small signage tablets found in Warsaw shops. The letters feature details typical for traditional calligraphy, with visible brush strokes, referring to the charming style of Warsaw’s sign painters.
“Havana” font is inspired by Warsaw neon signs from before 1989. Just like the lettering of that period, the “Havava” design is detail oriented, coherent and sophisticated. Some letters are directly drawn from specific signs – letters “K” and “m” from “Kosmetyki” or letter “t” from “Mister” sign. The font’s name itself refers to a former cafe “Havana” in Warsaw.
Praho is inspired by large contrasts and narrow shapes, found in fonts used in Warsaw before 1989, specifically on older street and shop signage. The result is an original modern typeface with a strong local vibe.
„Magiel” is a geometrical display font, inspired by amateur signage lettering from the communist period. Letters contain some characteristic “defects” and “mistakes” that could be found in signs, tablets and posters from the 1945–1989 period.
Olympic is an elegant display font. The design is inspired by Warsaw’s signage and typography from the 70’s. This font is modern and universal, but with a dash nostalgia for the Warsaw’s style of the past.