BATON TURBO & BATON
Designed by Anton Koovit & Yassin Baggar
Baton Complete Family comprises of the Baton Turbo Family and the Baton Family.
Web specimen for Baton Turbo: batonturbo.fatype.com
Baton Turbo is a grotesque that combines a simple straightforward formal approach, with eccentric letter shapes inspired by french vernacular typography. We love the naive and unpretentious elegance of our previously released Baton, but the small x-height and condensed proportions make it very specific: it is essentially intended for display sizes and short texts. We wanted to adapt Baton into a versatile typeface, while maintaining as much of the original character as possible. All the design choices — the proportions, the spacing, the number of weights — have been made for Baton Turbo to work well in the various settings that modern typography, both print and digital, present.
Baton Turbo includes a wide range of OpenType features such as ligatures, alternate letters, tabular and lowercase figures, fractions, super and subscripts, uppercase alternates, and a stylistic set of uppercase with thin accents for headlines with tight leading.
Baton is a sans serif typeface with narrow proportions combining eccentric shapes inspired by french vernacular typography with the simplicity of modern sans serifs. Peculiar details and a low contrast make the design slightly strange yet elegant, but it is the exaggerated high and low midline in the uppercase and the small x-height which give Baton its distinctive flair. Relatively wider and more toned down, the lowercase allow Baton to function not only as a display typeface, but also for short texts such as leads in magazine.
Baton comes in 10 styles with an extended language support and a wide range of OpenType features such as ligatures, alternate letters, tabular and lowercase figures, fractions, and a stylistic set of uppercase with thin accents for headlines with tight leading.
Originally commissioned by Yorgo Tloupas and Paul Chemetoff for the redesign of GQ France magazine.
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