Pick up your camera, film your scene and be part of this project.
With your creativity, we’ll produce a documentary about the typeface Futura together!
Choose a scene from the storyboard.
Follow the instructions and produce your video.
Upload your contribution!
Check out our first Teaser
Choose one of the scenes and follow the instructions.
If you have suggestions for new scenes don′t hesitate to contact me.
SPECIAL SCENE: Super Grotesk – The GDR counterpart of Futura by Matthias Braun.
SCENE 17: François Rappo talks about Futura.
SCENE 2: Daniel Wolfrath shows his Futura Tattoo.
Your favorite character
Print your favorite Futura character in black on a sheet of paper. Make a photo or film yourself. Show the printout in front of the camera. Your video recording may last 5–10 seconds.
Author: Johannes Pistorius,
Author: Anna Alexander,
Author: Katrin Brüggemann,
What is the most unusual place where you have encountered Futura? Film it! Please make sure that your discovery is clearly visible. Your recording may last 5–10 seconds.
Author: Daniel Wolfrath,
Find particularly impressive or funny Futura examples in public spaces, such as traffic signs, billboards, etc. Keep your find on video. Please make sure that your discovery is clearly visible. Your recording may last 5–10 seconds.
The building of the Bauer typefoundry
The company headquarter of the Bauer typefoundry was located in Moltkeallee No. 45, now Hamburger Allee, in Frankfurt am Main. Find the former building and document your visit on video.
Paul Renner was born in 1883 in Wernigerode im Harz/Germany. Does his birthplace still exist? Find the house and document your visit on video. Please mind the current resident’s privacy.
Paul Renner spent most of his life in Hödingen at Lake Constance. Does his house still exist? Film the house and environment. Please keep in mind the privacy of today’s residents.
Paul Renner died in 1956 in Hödingen at Lake Constance. Does his grave still exist? Find the grave and document your visit. Keep in mind that this is a cemetery.
Futura and »Das neue Frankfurt«
Futura already played a part in the »Neue Frankfurt«. Among other things, street signs were written in Futura. Perhaps there are still remnants of this time in Frankfurt. Document your discoveries on video.
Your Futura treasure
Is there a Futura finding that you are particularly proud of? Have you used Futura in a creative work? Show your work in front of the camera. Tell us something about your piece and what makes it special for you.
Original Type Specimen
Are you in possession of an original specimen from the early days of Futura? Show the specimen in front of the camera and tell us something about it.
The First Futura lead type
The first version of Futura from 1927 to 1930 contained special characters (i.e. the common »r« consisted only of a baseline with a point at the upper end). Is there still a lead type from that time? A find would be fantastic. Document your research on video.
Swiss general office for traffic
In 1933, Paul Renner redesigned the visuals of »Schweizerische Verkehrszentrale« . The work is set in Futura and is thus one of the first printings in this typeface. Who has originals or pictures? Document your research on video.
Price of Futura
Lead type were sold by weight. What was the price for a basic Futura lead type? Do you know someone who could have this information? Document your research on video.
Former employees of the Bauer type foundry
Do you know someone who worked at the Bauer typefoundry? Maybe they can tell us something exciting about Futura. Document the interview on video.
Futura on the moon
The crew of Apollo 11 left a plaque on the moon. This plaque is set in Futura. How did this happen? Is there anyone at NASA who knows something about this? Document your research/interview on video.
Typesetter’s view on Futura
Do you know an old typesetter who worked with lead type. Their experience in handling Futura would certainly be exciting to hear. Visit them. Document your visit/interview on video.
Typedesigner’s view on Futura
Do you know a typedesigner who has a special relationship with Futura? His commentary on the font should be exciting. Document your visit/interview on video.
Author: Jana Neff,
You and Futura
What is your opinion on Futura? Which associations come to mind? Tell us your story and capture yourself on video.
The rise of Futura
Why did Futura become such a successful type and quickly spread all over the whole world? Any ideas? Find a suitable interview partner and document the story on video.
Futura en francais
Futura was sold in France by the typefoundry Deberny & Peignot under the name »Europe«. How did this name change occur? Find a suitable interview partner and document the story on video.
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Don’t forget the »scene number«, your full name and profession for credits. Thank you!
Futura — Typeface of our Time
A collaboratively generated documentary
90 years after the first release of Futura in 1927, it is time to honour the typeface that captured the attention of the world with a documentary film.
About the Project
90 years after the first release of Futura in 1927, it is time to honour the typeface that captured the attention of the world with a documentary film. »Futura – Typeface of our Time« is a project with the aim to create a collaboratively generated documentary about the typeface Futura and its founder, Paul Renner.
The origin of the typeface and its use in the past have been thoroughly explored and documented in several books. This factual data is essential for the movie, but what about all the unknown stories associated with Futura since its release 90 years ago? Perhaps an old typesetter, with skills in manual typesetting, can divulge some interesting things about the usage of Futura.
Finding answers to questions like these, recording interviews and compiling a video of the results – that is the target of this project. One single filmmaker would need years to create this movie. Alone he cannot find and document all the interesting stories about Futura. Without doubt many outstanding stories would never find their way into the movie at all. That is the reason why the participation of many is so critical for this project.
With your help it is possible to create the documentary »Futura – Typeface of our Time«. Pick up your camera, film your scene and be part of this project.
How can I participate?
It is easy to participate in the collaboratively generated documentary »Futura – Typeface of our Time«. It works in three simple steps. Choose one of the scenes and follow the instructions.
Choose a scene from the storyboard.
Follow the instructions and produce your video.
Upload your contribution!
Are you a filmmaker, cameraman/-woman, sounddesigner or do you have any other skills which can help to produce the film? Do you want to support the project? I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
You should record your videos with a resolution of 1920 × 1080-25P. Please use a DSLR camera if possible. Alternatively, smartphones also deliver amazing quality. You can find a tutorial on how to produce great video recordings, with an iPhone for example, here: iphonegraphers
For recordings with sound, such as interviews, you should have an external microphone and/or recording device.
Terms of participation
By submitting your video, you agree to the terms and conditions of this project. Your video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. (More information about Creative Commons can be found here). You assure that your contribution is free of third party rights and all persons in the video have given their consent to the publication. Your contribution will be published on this website and at Vimeo together with the credits (author, place, date). Whether the video will actually be used in the documentary film cannot be guaranteed. The project manager reserves the right not to publish improper contributions.
Do you have further ideas, comments or suggestions? I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
»Futura – Typeface of our Time« is a non-commercial project by communication designer Christian Weber. The project was developed as part of Christian Weber’s master thesis for the Gutenberg-Intermedia Masters course »Design for Participation« (2013/14) at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz. The thesis was supported by Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele, Prof. Dr. Isabel Naegele und Prof. Philip Pape.
Responsible for concept and design:
Communication Designer MA
Christian Weber – Büro für Gestaltung und Kommunikation
Boppstraße 25 (Hinterhaus)
55118 Mainz | Germany
Hee you can find the press release and additional images.
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