Dead History

Dead History is a typeface which explores combining structural elements of both geometric sans-serif and Didone serif typefaces. Designed in 1990 by P. Scott Makela, the face is licensed by Emigre.

CategorySans-serif–serif hybrid
ClassificationGeometric sans-serif
Designer(s)P. Scott Makela
Date released1990

Dead History’s strokes transition from unbracketed serifs and contrasting stroke width on the left side of characters to a mono-weighted sans-serif with soft, rounded terminals on the right. Max Kisman’s 1991 typeface FF Fudoni, a combination of Futura and Bodoni elements is a similar exploration.


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