Designed by Hans Reichel, the Barmeno® font family is a sans serif typeface with a curvilinear face and varied stroke weights. It is popular in web and advertising layouts and has a quirky yet balanced look to it.
Created in the early 1980s for Berthold, Barmeno is a rounded typeface with distinctive touches. It was named after Barmen, an area within the German city of Wuppertal. Its curved face and tall x-height make it a very accessible and friendly font.
Due to a licensing issue with Berthold, Reichel held no rights to Barmeno. It was redrawn and reconceived by him in 1999 and released as the FF Sari™ font family to avoid trademark problems with the Berthold foundry.
Hans Reichel has enjoyed a very varied career and pursued endeavors creating music and inventing instruments in addition to his interests in typography. In addition to his reputation as the creator of Barmeno, he is also well-known as the inventor of a unique musical instrument known as the Daxophon, which uses thin strips of bowed wood to produce sound.
The British soft drink company Vinto uses Barmeno in its logo. The popular hotel chain, Premier Inn, also uses Barmeno in its branding materials. Despite its eccentric touches, Barmeno works well as a copy face in short copy, as well, thanks to its balance and harmony.