The last font design by Roy Cole:
the elegant, rhythmic Coleface

Shortly before his death in 2012, the Briton Roy Cole created an elegant, rhythmic and readily legible sans serif – Coleface. It is characterized by its striking and clearly defined letter forms that provide Coleface with a neutral and thus flexible quality, making it suitable for use in a wide range of project and application contexts.

Cole studied under Emil Ruder, the eminent Swiss designer and typographer, at Basel’s General Vocational College (Allgemeine Gewerbeschule) in the early 1960s, at a time at which typography was making history. Concepts such as order, simplicity, clarity and legibility fundamentally determined the design approaches in this period, establishing a new form of modernity that went on to capture the imagination of the whole world. As a result, many of the designs created in this decade have a high level of recognizability. Cole was extensively animated and influenced by these factors when designing so that his work and designs follow the corresponding creative guidelines, and here Coleface is no exception.

It combines elements of the artificial grotesques and the Renaissance antiqua, resulting in a very characteristic tension within the forms of the glyphs. Slight contrasts in line weight and occasionally beveled terminals give the font a dynamic feel.

Coleface is available in the three weights Light, Medium and Bold, each accompanied by the corresponding italic.

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