Französische Grotesk Haas

Musterblatt, Haas


Reworking of Breite Halbfette Grotesk by Schelter & Giesecke, Leipzig (1890); matrices aquired by Haas ca. 1900 and initially named Breite Fette Grotesk. They changed the g to the single storey form, supposedly more popular in German speaking countries by that time.


Französische Grotesk functioned as a direct model for Neue Haas-Grotesk (later Helvetica) together with Berthold’s Akzidenz-Grotesk and Normal Grotesk by Haas.


Revived by Christian Schwartz and issued as FF Bau in 2002.

  • j l t 3y

    a perfect grot

    although the specimen isn't perfect at all
  • Lars Wästfelt 3y

    Christian Schwartz must have had a look at the lowercase "a" when he designed Boomer :-)
  • Indra Kupferschmid 3y

    This typeface was revived by Schwartz and published under the name FF Bau. The Boomer series, now named Salvo, was designed by Cyrus Highsmith for Font Bureau. He might have been inspired by typefaces like this one, too, though. (Added that info.)
  • Lars Wästfelt 3y

    Thanks to my bad memory (mix up Schwartz with Highsmith), and your kindness, I had the pleasure of getting to know FF Bau, thank you!
  • Indra Kupferschmid 3y

    At your service :)
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