The FF DIN family has been subject to a series of developments over the past few years. What began in the 1930′s as a font used as traffic signage in Germany has evolved gradually to include a vast family of typefaces in various styles and weights, with a few italics and alternative characters thrown in. The DIN Engschrift belongs to that very family, whose fonts have held on to that basic, technical look, while still managing to be popular in today’s world.
Schrift is German for “condensed” – a throwback to the roots of the font. The DIN Engschrift, thus, is a condensed version of the original DIN C font, which has gained immense popularity in today’s design world, being featured in headlines, banners, posters and even books and magazines.
All the characters of the DIN Engschrift font – the uppercase and lowercase letters, and the numbers, are all based primarily on geometric shapes. The condensed form gives it a very crisp look.