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In astronomical terms, a star is a massive, self-luminous sphere of gas. It is a celestial body held together by its own gravity and is visible from Earth as a luminous point in the night sky. Much like the findings of astronomy, the characters of a writing system are held together by its laws and rules as well as cultural traditions, form, and content. Thus, they form a whole (body) that is variable in itself. T stands for type, both in the sense of “kind” and working with “typography”.

T-Star’s features include low-contrast, uniform line width, laterally flattened, round basic forms, as well as cut-back ascenders and descenders. It’s a plain, technical-style typeface that is slender in its proportions and highly economical when it comes to the space taken up by body text. It’s appearance is marked by openness and individual characters show surprisingly unconventional features. Where predetermined patterns and systems proved unsatisfactory, shapes were interpreted intuitively, but stringently. At the heart of T-Star is the connection between the development of a typeface and the growth of personal skills and abilities. The starting point was marked by the open definition of objectives and not yet fully developed technical and craft skills. This resulted in a long-drawn-out evolutionary process. Over time, several revisions of this typeface increased the clarity of both form and content as well as personal gain and insight. T-Star is convincing as a straightforward title and body copy typeface with a well-developed font family ranging from light to heavy. Its language sets comprise all Eastern European and Nordic characters and have been extended to include Vietnamese, Cyrillic, and Greek in the PRO-version.

Designed by Michael Mischler 2002,
revised and extended in 2012


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