The Vialog® 1450 suite of typefaces takes the already exceptionally legible Vialog design and makes it even more so. Both are based on a typeface that Professor Werner Schneider designed for the German Federal Transportation Ministry and the results of comprehensive studies of character legibility and signage readability. Vialog 1450 takes the original Vialog design and incorporates additional DIN 1450 standards for character legibility.
The Vialog 1450 typeface family has been drawn within the standards of the German DIN 1450 regulations which identify minimum and maximum character widths, stroke weights and letter proportions. The typeface conforms to the DIN specifications for character proportion, line thickness and contains glyphs designed in accordance with its requirements. These include characters that can be easily confused, such as uppercase I and lowercase l, and the uppercase O and figure 0. In addition, letter pairs that can appear to merge under less than ideal reading environments have been redesigned. Other characters, like the g, J and R, have been redrawn to be more legible. The normal Vialog glyphs are available as alternatives.
Schneider was born in Germany, in 1935. After studying at the School of Applied Arts in Wiesbaden, he taught design courses at the same school for 40 years.
The winner of numerous international awards and honors from the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club of New York and the Bienale of Graphic Design Brünn gold medal for type design, Schneider has had exhibitions of his work in Europe, Canada, Korea, India, Japan, China, Israel, South Africa, Australia and the United States.
Helmut Ness, who collaborated with Schneider on the Vialog family, was born 1972 in Frankfurt, Germany and lives and works in Berlin. He co-founded Fuenfwerken, with offices in Wiesbaden and Berlin. He and his team worked on several information design projects for the Munich Transport Authority prior to collaborating with Schneider on the Vialog typeface family.
Although Vialog was initially drawn for signage and wayfinding, the new DIN 1450 standard characters expand the design’s range to virtually any environment where absolute character legibility is a must. While not a typeface for long-form textual copy, it’s a natural for display usage and in abbreviated blocks of copy at small sizes.