30
Jan
2014

Cape Arcona’s Recape

We are proud to present a wonderful new typeface family. Designed by our man Thomas Schostok, CA Recape is a weird and beautiful vintage script family with two styles.

We have a Regular and a “Cape Arcona old school” Raw style — just in case you want the full experience.

CA Recape is an excellent choice for creating all kind of custom-made looking designs. Use it for logotypes, headlines, signs, poster, etc., etc., etc. It got its basic inspiration from old American 50s sign- and advertising-lettering, but it wouldn’t be Cape Arcona, if it just focused on one special style. Instead, we take it as a “Greatest Hits of the 50s”-Remix, shake the weirdest and most handsome letter-forms and serve it as a charismatic bastard cocktail.

We packed CA Recape with a lot of OpenType features which you will surely love. Great Ligatures, Stylistic, Discretionary, Titling and Contextual Alternates, a wonderful underlining swashes feature. We also added some nice Ornaments.

The CA Recape Family is available at a reduced introductory price until 7th of February. So don’t miss it, you bargain hunter!

We are also working on some other styles for release in the near future. So don’t miss our updates and connect to our Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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23
Jun
2013

traumzeit02
CA Oskar typeface was used for the Traumzeit music festival in Duisburg/Germany. The 2 square kilometer big festival place was covered with posters, billboards, prints, flyers, flags, information booth and much more using CA Oskar as the main typeface. The corporate design was made by our man Stefan Claudius.
More photos of the festivals corporate design here

23
Apr
2013

CA Postal stamp-font
We know what you think: Why the hell does the world need another stamp-font? The answer is: Because CA Postal looks better than it’s anchestors. This is first because of it’s handsome futura-like appearance being very pleasant to read, especially in small sizes and second because of it’s more realistic, more authentic look. Grace to Contextual Alternates, CA Postal will not set two identical glyphs next to each other. Behind the curtain CA Postal is not one, but rather two fonts. That’s why it is twice as good. See more…

16
Apr
2013

The all new CA Viva Las Vegas! Our beloved light bulb typeface inspired by signage of concert halls of the 70s when Elvis was playing in Las Vegas underwent a big remake. It now features a full lowercase character-set  and adds support for Central European languages. It comes even better, we also added a Russian Cyrillic character-set so that even the Russians can praise the Sin City or set the word “gambling” in their own language. The overall amount of characters is now 487 including some fine ligatures, some alternates and – as one of the first light bulb typefaces in the world – the Turkish Lira sign.

CA Viva Las Vegas

But that’s not all. In the course of the redesign we added a bunch of new weights (Ultra Light, Thin, Light) based on a layered system. Combining styles, weights and colors  gives you endless design opportunities.

CA Viva Las Vegas is best used as a Display font in big font sizes.

And the best thing at all: the price has not changed. That’s Vegas!

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01
Dec
2012

CA Cula is somehow a kind of CA BND version 2. It started from the same basis, but received funky ink traps and the letterforms are more open. This makes it a bit more friendly to read and gives the font a certain tension which you dear buyer should now start to appreciate (by buying it).

CA Cula is standing in the tradition of cool tempered sans serif typefaces like DIN. But at a closer look it reveals a tendency towards rounder reading-friendly forms. The denaturalized ink traps give CA Cula a very special and individual look in display sizes, whereas in smaller sizes the positive aspects of huge ink traps show effect. The text looks clean and bright without black dots in the typographic image. This makes CA Cula suitable even for longer text, while the bold weight makes pretty cool headlines.

Buy 50% off at Cape
CA Culy Family only
with the following promotion code: 10cula

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CA Culy Family only


A day in the history of Cape Arcona: Blooper

This is the last day of our one week promotion and we like to give you a special one now. From time to time we give some press conferences that are recorded live and can be found in our CAPE TV section.
For sure, everything is staged, like in every Hollywood movie, so, we give you some outtakes and blooper here, some sort of making of, some, well, you decide for yourself. Created back in 2009 this video never saw the light of day until today!

Buy our fonts and make us rich! Thank you.

Cape Arcona Type Foundry – Blooper on Vimeo.

30
Nov
2012

We really don’t understand, why CA Cape Rock didn’t become an instant bestseller. It’s such a cute font, with so many fancy ligatures. Come on – have a second look.
Created with a fat Clarendon in mind, its bold and distinctive forms add spice and personality to every design requiring a strong display aesthetic. A large number of ligatures and custom ending characters are included in this OpenType font and can be accessed automatically or manually in most modern design applications.

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with the following promotion code: 10caperock

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A day in the history of Cape Arcona: Fonts in use

The excitement to see our fonts in use is a very special feeling. Sometimes we have tears in our eyes, some for good, some for bad. We remember having a good time watching the 2004, surf movie “riding Giants” (here is a trailer) when we saw the title and credits set in a slightly trashed version of our beloved CA KissKissBangBang. 
We also got wet eyes when we saw the title design and credits of a German TV series airing at a TV Station who is THE pioneer of lower class television in Germany: RTL. They gave us soft erotic movies in the early ’90s when we needed them most. Anyway,the thing is that they used CA Texas Funeral for title design and cred­its of the show „Rach, der Restau­ranttester“. Since this font is free for noncommercial use, we are skeptical about how other people understand the term “commercial”.

Sometimes our fonts are irrevocably linked to subculture. We like that a lot. Actually we like the use of our fonts for independent music festivals a lot more then the use for products made out of butter or milk. So here comes a really trashy one. It’s for the “Silly Art F*ck Festival”, back in 2006, in Hannover (a city some of you G.I.s still remember) with some really crazy bands, like “B*tt F*ck P*ssy” (so much “u” missing here) or “Rauschabstand” or “Impulsantwort”. Great! All set in our CA Pussy Galore, everything fits together.

29
Nov
2012

We knew that CA Normal Serif wouldn’t become an instant bestseller, as slab serifs are a bit out of fashion at the moment. But fashions come and go and we strongly believe that one day the pendulum will swing back from dynamic fonts to static ones. For sans-serif typefaces we already see this trend (think of the many many helvetica-like fonts newly released), so you don’t have to be a clairvoyant to know that one day, everyone will use Clarendon, Bookman, Century Schoolbook and the likes. And then people will find them all too wide and they will remember CA Normal Serif and then they will buy it and then we will finally get rich. Amen!
CA Normal Serif is the perfect companion to its grotesque brother CA Normal Sans. But it is not just a serifed equivalent. It has a character of its own while preserving the principal proportions and the idea of quirkiness. It was not the aim to build a typeface that can immediately be identified as a relative of CA Normal Sans. The intention was to create a matching typeface in aspects of aesthetic and concept. Whereas commonly serif-companions to grotesques are old-style or slab-serif, CA Normal Serif is situated between modern and slab-serif typefaces.

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CA Normal Serif Family only
with the following promotion code: 10normalserif

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CA Normal Serif Family only


A day in the history of Cape Arcona: Cula Shoes

Is it just a strange coincidence, that there is a shoe manufacturer out there with the same name as one of our favorite typeface, CA Cula? No, of course not. Back in the early 00’s we were introduced to the ministry of commerce in Cuba to create a corporate identity for “Cula”, a shoe manufacturer. In fact, they do not manufacture shoes, they just buy second-hand shoes and sell them as “3rd-hand” shoes or give it for free to poor people, what is a pity, mostly all people in Cuba are. The logo was created by Stefan Claudius and we used C.I.A. by Thomas Schostok as corporate type.

Cula

Cula

Cula billboards

Cula billboards

28
Nov
2012

CA Aires turned out to be our most popular free font (now only rivaled by Cula Light) and after requests for a proper font, the success-story continued. So today we offer you one of our most successful babies for 50% off.

This font was inspired by a postcard from the 30s. On the one side near the stamp were the words ‘BUENOS AIRES’. It looked so simple yet strange, that we started to make a font of it. It turned out to become Cape Arcona’s most popular free font and we were even sent Spanish versions of the font. After a lot of requests for a full character set we started to draw the lower cases. They keep the simple but quirky style that makes the upper cases so interesting and versatile.

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with the following promotion code: 10airespro

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A day in the history of Cape Arcona: BEAST PDF Magazine

Some would say, it all started here – and Cape Arcona was born out of the legendary BEAST magazine, which was created by the people behind the Cape. In fact, BEAST magazine used a lot of unusual typography and was for sure a platform to test out new typefaces. We also created new typefaces for the use in the magazine. One of the first fonts used in it’s early stages was CA No Dr., for example. Legends say that after we laid down the work on BEAST, we just created Cape Arcona. Who knows the truth?

BEAST Magazine

27
Nov
2012

CA Normal had it’s debut in january 2010 during a presentation at the tgm in Munich. It originally started with the idea of a cleaned-up version of CA Aires. So the proportions of the upper cases are basically the same as in CA Aires. The lower cases are significantly narrower to match the caps. We even did small caps, which is such a pain in the ass.
CA Normal is a typeface aiming for beauty without ostensible effects, merely relying on clarity and well balanced proportions. It merges influences from European grotesques and American gothics, breeding an experimental mongrel. The underlying concept stays in the background, giving the design a great self-evidence. Although it is doubtful if there can be such thing as neutrality, CA Normal comes pretty close to what people mean when speaking of a neutral font.

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CA Normal Sans Family only
with the following promotion code: 10normalsans

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CA Normal Sans Family only


A day in the history of Cape Arcona: Bonde söker fru

Back in 2005 or so we got a mail from a Swedish television agency asking us the favor to set the words “BONDE SÖKER FRU” in our typeface Dekoria, because they admitted being unsure if Dekoria would fit their purposes and if the claim would look good in that font. Not having the faintest idea what that could mean (actually it means “Farmer wants Wife”) we sent them a picture. A few month later we got a second mail with kind thanks and a screenshot attached. Whenever we feel down (what hardly ever happens, of course) we think of 1,5 million people seeing our typeface in a TV series in which a farmer is looking for a woman (or a man). We hope that BONDE SÖKER FRU has a more elaborated and reputable concept of showing a farmers life than Germany’s equivalent called “Bauer sucht Frau”, which is the best example for underclass television. How about a series called “Typedesigner wants Customer”?