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.

Buy 50% at Cape
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”?



This is a really an early one. Maybe even one of the very first fonts on Cape Arcona.  It’s first design was developed for the Beast magazine. We were totally convoked of having hit a goldmine, but it is only now that No Dr. turns out to become a bestseller.
CA No Dr. was inspired by an old movie poster lettering for the 1962 movie “James Bond: Dr. No”. Just like the original Dr. No, No Dr. has a diabolical charm. It was developed into a font family that combines distinctiveness with versatility. Intended to become an interesting alternative to the much used DIN Schrift, it has now developed into a highly functional family of it’s own, yeah.
Buy 50% off at Cape
CA No Dr. Family only
with the following promotion code: 10nodr
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CA No Dr. Family only

A day in the history of Cape Arcona: We’ve been brewing beer

Back in the days of the first 33pt symposium in Dortmund in 2006, we thought of an especially exclusive idea to treat the guests (the speakers, not the public): A smooth amber colored ale with a taste between old socks and extinct campfire. We made a dozen and still had eleven bottles at the end of the day. We still wonder why.


A day in the history of Cape Arcona: The geniuses of branding at work

Yeah sometimes we do more than just fonts. Some day in 2004 we were approached by German brand Wollblitz to do a redesign of their logo. Of course we did it but we didn’t stop there. Our genius brains worked on and on the question of how to spread the message and core values of Wollblitz even better. You know what happens when two flocks of sheep mix up? It’s endless trouble because one sheep looks like the next and only the Shepard can tell which is Elsa and which Martha. So sheep are marked with coloured dots – ugly and carelessly made. We came up with the idea of producing stencils and marking the sheep properly. So if now, you see a sheep bearing the Wollblitz mark, you’ll not only know which flocks it belongs to, you will also know that this cute sheep is about to produce the wool for your next cuddly pull-over. Genius isn’t it?


10 years of type, 10 years of sunglasses, 10 years of wigs… Happy birthday to us! 
How long are 10 years? For a relationship it’s long, for a business it’s short. Cape Arcona Type Foundry is kind of both, so for us 10 years is what? The opportunity to throw a one week party! You know us, we never were children of sorrow. “Party” is our middle name. After all, this is nothing new to us, since we mostly have parties that take a couple of days, but this time we like to share the happiness with you!
It goes like this: starting from today November 26th to December 2nd (Monday – Sunday), we like to give you 50% off, for a font or a font family.
Each day, a new font will be selected by us, but of course we won’t tell you what it is before. You have to come here to see what’s for sale. But we promise, we have well-chosen some cheap and expensive fonts as well, so you can save a lot if you buy a lot. And to reanimate one of the oldest marketing tricks ever, we will offer you one font for free if you buy two fonts during this week. But that’s just the business part – the cool thing is, that every day we will reveal a little bit of our history. So there are many reasons to visit the Cape every day.
Let’s start with the first typeface:

CA Spy Royal – 50% off

Cape Arcona Type Foundry – 10th Anniversary – CA Spy Royal

There are not too many stories to tell about this font. It’s a genius stroke, what more can we say?
CA Spy Royal was inspired by an advertising for Japan Airlines, around 1950. We think about Hot Rod, spy movies, cocktails with kinky girls, fluffy pillows, pink panties, dynamite and gasoline.

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with the following promotion code: 10spyroyal
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The Sweet Memories of Cape Arcona: Music for the Masses

We at Cape Arcona have a passion for music. You can call us the “singing font makers”. Only some hardcore fans of us know, that we played some songs during some of our lectures and workshops. As the King of Cape Arcona has a passion for Elvis Presley, well, we only played songs of Elvis. We played our first song at the BD4D conference in Mannheim, back in 2004. As far as we know, there are some videos on Youtube. Don’t ask, we don’t show, it’s terrible. The second song of Elvis was at the 33pt conference in Dortmund, 2006. We sang “Return to Sender” from Elvis. If you have a good video of us singing the song, you get a free font from us!
Later we started the Cape Arcona Love Band, because we thought we have to give the people something back. Oh yeah.
When we are creating fonts, we always listen to music, in fact it’s always playing, even in our dreams. So, we made a list of 5 top songs that were played at most in our iTunes Library and we listen to during Kerning, Spacing, Designing:
Top 5 – The King of Cape Arcona
1 – Playing Your Game – Barry White – Play count: 956
2 – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live) – Elvis Presley – Play count: 639
3 – Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live) – Elvis Presley – Play count: 609
4 – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’  (Live) – Elvis Presley – Play count: 572
5 – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Live) – Elvis Presley – Play count: 544
Top 5 – The President of Cape Arcona
1 – Cape Arcona Love Band – Hey Girl – Play count: 786
2 – Otis Redding  – Hard To Handle – Play count: 728
3 – Beatles – Paperback Writer – Play count: 579
4 – Beach Boys – Fun Fun Fun – Play count: 546
5 – Bedhead – Dark Ages – Play count: 495



If you’re lazy like we are, interpolation seems like a fantastic opportunity to create fonts in a split second. Especially extrapolation looks like the option to create fonts out of nothing – but beware of the temptations of laziness: fonts are likely to look weird after extrapolation. But there lies a new chance, extrapolation might take you to new designs. This happened to Stefan Claudius when he was working on a new Superfamily. He thought things were clear, but it turned out they weren’t. So he wrote an article about his experiences. Read it in the new Slanted Issue #19.


CA Oskar Typeface Family

A new day, a new typeface. We are proud to present you our latest typeface family. Created by Stefan Claudius and Kathrin Roussel as a custom font for an international music-festival. CA Oskar comes in two variations, condensed and compressed. Get ready to be squeezed.


Deichmann corporate typeface by Cape Arcona Type Foundry

The Cape Arcona Type Foundry created the new corporate typeface for one of Germany’s biggest shoe retail chains, DEICHMANN. The DEICHMANN type family features an extensive character set, authentic Bulgarian Cyrillic plus – probably as one of the first typefaces worldwide – the new Turkish Lira sign. Read more.


Some of our classic typefaces are still in the plain old Postscript 1 format. We do not find the time to update them into the OpenType format because – well, you decide, what is better, playing beach volleyball the whole day or converting fonts? Yes, exactly!
Anyway, even at Cape Arcona there are days when it’s raining and we finally find the time for “converting”. So, today we rerelease our old time classic CA No Dr. in OpenType format. Also, you can chose to buy each style individually. Viva la technical progress!



FontShop is now selling a selection of our finest fonts: CA Normal (Sans+Serif), CA Cula and our beloved CA SpyRoyal. What might make it attractive to you dear customer, are some special packages. For example CA Normal comes in several subsets, so that you get just the fonts you need but at a very attractive price. As you cannot see the sets directly on the FontShop website, here is a short overview:

CA Normal Set 1 ( Regular, Bold, Regular Italic, Bold Italic)
CA Normal Set 2 ( Light, Medium, Heavy, Light Italic, Medium Italic, Heavy Italic)
CA Normal Set 3 ( Light Left, Regular Left, Medium Left, Bold Left, Heavy Left)

CA Normal Serif Set 1 ( Regular, Bold, Regular Italic, Bold Italic)
CA Normal Serif Set 2 ( Medium, Extrabold, Medium Italic, Extrabold Italic)

Just click “purchase options” to see in which packages the fonts are included.
But still we would prefer you to buy our fonts here, you know it’s like buying the milk from the farmer: it has a better taste…


CA Cula Family

Hurray, CA Cula, a new text family designed by Thomas Schostok {ths} is being released today. When we look back into our archive we discovered that the first alpha version dated back to 2007. It’s somewhat spooky to think that it took us 4 long years to finalize this typeface but you know, we are pool watchers. So either we are very lazy and loved our pool, the girls and the Martinis a little bit too much, or we just spent a tremendous lot of time and effort into the production of the typeface. How knows…

This typeface 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. The technical specifications speaks for itself: 8 styles, central Europe character set, extensive ligatures, old-style numerals, true italics and stylistic alternates.

Didi you read this text to the very end? Okay, here is your reward: you now, we from Cape Arcona always gave you candy in the past, so we do in the present: CA Cula Light is for free, yes, for you, for free! No chargeback, nothing.


With the soon to be released CA Cula family, we added the Italic style to our beloved superfatty CA Cula Superfat. How sweet fat you are. Our package includes the Regular and the new Italic but you can buy the new style separately at Myfonts.com. Fat forever!