FAX +49-69/450464 Font

FAX +49-69/450464 Font

(the first title on this page will display correctly with the font installed)

This font was designed to replicate the symbols found on the artwork and CDs of the FAX +49-69/450464 record label, starting with the album "Amp." The symbols which can not be found on the source were designed as I thought they made sense to be -- although the whole thing doesn't really follow any sensible pattern anyway. There is an old fax font out there, kudos to whoever made that -- though I found it to be inaccurate as far as line width and circle weight.

The font was designed primarily in inkscape, which is an SVG editor -- and then imported into fontforge, a typeface designer. All of the characters are derived in some way from this base image:

Right-Click Here and Save As (or Save Link As) to download the TrueType version (UPDATED 2008-09-15)

The following text will show up as the FAX font once you install it:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 0123456789

You may notice in the table below that two entries are marked with two asterisks (**) -- the hyphen and the forward slash. On the Move D/Namlook releases, the inside artwork shows Move D/Namlook with the recognizable FAX symbol in place of a forward slash. In the symbol representing that, based on how the parenthesis are designed, I assume this is really a forward slash. On the CD itself, it shows Move D - Namlook with a hyphen character instead of slash or FAX symbol. So I'm assuming the symbol representing that is a hyphen.

The improvised characters are open for discussion as to whether or not they are correct. I think maybe the dollar sign is a bit out-there myself, but that's the best way I can think of making it without breaking continuity. If anyone has a FAX release with a character that I have improvised on, please let me know by sending an email to andrewdk%sbcglobal*net (replace % with @ and * with .). I'm not a completist (and probably never will be) so I don't have all of the CDs to check for any I've missed. Some that I could use clarification on are the hyphen and the comma.

One interesting thing I stumbled on while making this font: The symbol for P is the same symbol that's so prominent on the label, the circle with a smaller one in the upper right corner. I'm assuming Mr. Kuhlmann was clever here; what else could P stand for, but Pete? So if you think about it, all of the albums post-Amp have a big P stamped on their artwork somewhere ;)

Character listing (needs a PNG capable browser, improvised are marked with *)
notdef* exclamation double quote* number sign* dollar*
percent* ampersand single quote* left parenthesis right parenthesis
asterisk* plus* comma hyphen / minus period
forward slash** 0 (same as O) 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8
9 colon semicolon* less than* equals*
greater than* question mark at (@)* A B
W X Y Z left square bracket*
vertical bar* right square bracket* underscore* a b
c d e f g
h i j k l
m n o p q
r s t u v
w x y z left curly brace
backslash right curly brace