One could say that the work on Monument Grotesk’s release began in 2011 when, on a stormy day in Zurich, Larissa Kasper and Rosario Florio (about to become the duo admired by the design world known as Kasper-Florio) introduced Fabian to Johannes (half a decade later to begin Dinamo ¯\(ツ)/¯).
Monument Grotesk owes its point de départ to a few contours Kasper-Florio stumbled upon online in 2013 in Palmer & Rey’s New Specimen Book, 1884, on page 81. It relied on a sturdy and compact skeleton, high vertical contrast and surprisingly sharp end strokes. The “o” “c” and “e”, with their squarish inner counters pressing against their outer parts, or the elongated “r”, in particular, gave reason for a couple of screenshots, and later, a digitisation.
Since founding their studio in 2013, Kasper-Florio have masterfully worked on commissions from the Swiss cultural design landscape and been awarded the prestigious Most Beautiful Swiss Books prize in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Their output is conceptually to the point, awfully consistent and print-fetishistic – with Monument Grotesk serving as their house typeface almost exclusively.
Always challenging their commissions and respective reproduction techniques, the typeface design has been revised to meet Kasper-Florio’s expectations in Screen Printing (Helmhaus Zurich, 2014), as Foil Embossing (Missue, 2014), as Digital Print on textile (Solarnet, 2015), in Offset Printing (Werkschau Thurgau, 2016 or Swiss Poster Festival Weltformat, 2017) and on Screen (PIN Systems, 2018).
The version of Monument Grotesk as we release it today carries the chronology of its development within itself: two characteristic stages of the "r"-glyph, “r.2” (2015) and “r.1” (2014), have been re-introduced to the character set – allowing you to travel back in time by using the typeface’s OpenType features. Having proven its versatility already, Monument Grotesk is available in one weight only (with Italics being added later this summer).
We’re excited about being able to welcome Monument Grotesk into Dinamo today – a foundry that would not exist without Kasper-Florio.
(Written in May 2018. The family was extended in August 2018 and can be found in our typeface section.)
In 2018, we added two more styles to our Monument Grotesk family: Monument Grotesk Mono, and Monument Grotesk Semi-Mono Semi-Kerned: Monument Grotesk Mono doesn’t need many words. It is the monospaced companion of Monument Grotesk and came to serve everyone looking for a more technical and functional atmosphere. You asked, we listened.
However Monument Grotesk Semi-Mono Semi-Kerned without a doubt calls for nothing less than an infographic! It sits right between Monument Grotesk Regular and Monument Grotesk Mono, borrowing from both worlds: half the kerning and proportions from one, and half the widths and proportions from the other.
The Monument Grotesk Mono extension comes packaged into a Variable Font file, too (at this point in time on request only).
Dropped into the Dinamo Font Gauntlet or embedded into your website, the Variable Font technique allows you to seamlessly move from Proportional via Semi-Mono to Mono and discover the whole spectrum between natural and technical.