Last Updated on September 27, 2021
Ryoichi Tsunekawa’s updated form of his older Bebas typeface has garnered a reputation as a fun, simple, and easily workable design. Clean lines and elegant shapes promote a sense of warmth. This makes it an easy choice for the growing range of web design projects and social media uses.
Origins of Bebas Neue
The Bebas concept was admittedly a practice design, as Tsunekawa was new to typography and was looking for feedback across the Web so that he can improve in creating fonts. This was a crucial step in his newly-established Dharma Type Foundry when it was at its first steps in 2005. Since then, Bebas has gone through a series of changes.
Additional glyphs that expanded the all-caps and Latin characters font was realized in Bebas Neue in 2014. Rounded and Semi-rounded variants of Bebas Neue appeared in 2019, along with 40 new styles in 6-7 weights each and Cyrillic character support. Lowercase characters and an italicized style were added to the typeface in the form of the commercialized variant Bebas Neue Pro in the same year.
The Pro version sets itself apart from the original Bebas typeface through curved diagonals in ‘R’ and ‘2’, and perpendicular terminals in ‘J’ ans ‘S’, among other things. Dharma Type Foundry sells the Bebas Neue typeface under the names Dharma Type, Flat-it, Holiday Type, and Prop-a-ganda.
Bebas Neue Today
The font is mostly used in web designs nowadays. It’s also a popular choice for posters and album covers. An example of a non-conventional application of this typeface is on some of the text found in the 2018 Twix branding.
This condensed sans-serif pairs well with other contemporary styles such as Montserrat, Apercu, Lato, and Open Sans. Feel free to experiment with serifs as well, like Roboto Slab, Kostic Serif, and Tiempos Headline.
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