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Planeta is the Bronze winner for Original Typeface in the 2009 European Design Awards.
My name is Dani Klauser. The Studio is called DKGD in Lucerne, … read more
My name is Dani Klauser. The Studio is called DKGD in Lucerne, Switzerland.
A short description about the font:
Planeta is a geometrically constructed font. I wanted to show the beauty of geometric simplicity in a constructed typeface. Planeta reinterprets the form of fonts from the 1920s and conveys its spirit with contemporary verve.
What was the main idea behind designing the font?
The construction of Planeta was mainly inspired by the clean shapes of geometry. The foundation of the face is based on squares and circles in different sizes. This strict attention to the form of each character in combination with a constant thickness gives the font a graphical appeal.
How would you characterize your style?
I don’t concern myself with a specific style. What is important when designing a font like Planeta is to accurately define guidelines. The guidelines are a kind of rule and give you the freedom to play with the form and research for the right expression.
How did you come up with the name of the font?
It sounds nice, its short, it contains cool characters in the name and very important the name ends with an "A".
What inspires you?
I like scientific images that come out of scanning electron microscopes, pictures from the Hubble space telescope, the structure of our DNA and flying birds in the sky.
Which is the bigger challenge: working on your own personal project or for a client with a strict briefing?
Sometimes you need a deadline to bring a project in the right shape. In this case it’s an advantage to work for a client. When I work on my own projects, I can only annoy myself and take as much time as I need to zone out. I need both: clients for my bank account - and my own projects for my personal freedom.
Do you have a working routine? What are your ideal conditions for you to work in?
I am very flexible. Of course, it’s always comfortable when you have enough time.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
When you release a font, everything can happen. Sometimes you like it, sometimes you don’t. Planeta can be used as a text font in book and magazine editorials and in big sizes for posters with the special «Plakat» weight.
Where does the font end, where does the image begin? Is there a line to draw?
Readability. Everything unreadable is an image. So you can push it to the limit, as far as it goes.
Do you think that too many fonts exist?
Your future plans/projects?
I’m working on a booklet for Planeta. It will be in limited edition and will show all of its features as well as the ideas behind the font.