NEWS TAGGED ‘10th Anniversary’

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.

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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!

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Cape Arcona Type Foundry – Blooper on Vimeo.

December 1, 2012 | Tags:

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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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.

November 30, 2012 | Tags:

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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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 billboards

Cula billboards

November 29, 2012 | Tags:

Cape Arcona Type Foundry – 10th Anniversary – CA Aires

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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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

November 28, 2012 | Tags:

Cape Arcona Type Foundry – 10th Anniversary – CA Normal Sans

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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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”?

November 27, 2012 | Tags:


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.
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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?

November 26, 2012 | Tags:

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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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


November 25, 2012 | Tags: