Far back in the dawn of the web, I (Michael Paul Young) was an art director for an avante-garde web design studio called Vir2l. (Everyone liked to put numb3rs in th3ir names back then.) Vir2l created some wild and frankly quite ridiculous projects that were very ahead of their time, and I like to think that it was the crazy, forward-looking work that studios like Vir2l did that pushed the web into the 2000s and all that it became. (I digress.) Anyway, one of our creative directors at Vir2l was obsessed with Bank Gothic. At the time, it drove the designers crazy–we were wild and young, looking for freedom to jump from font to font every day. This idea of being stuck to one font (aka, branding) was absolute hell for us. We all longed to use other fonts like Helvetica, Univers–really just anything else but Bank Gothic! Years later, when I started YouWorkForThem, and we begin to handle other designers’ fonts, I snickered to myself as a few versions of Bank Gothic made it into our collection. However, I was gradually won over by the simplicity and workmanship of Morris Fuller Benton‘s workhorse.
At YouWorkForThem, you can actually choose to download a few different versions which are offered in both desktop and as web font formats. One unique version would be the Bank Gothic Pro Distressed release by FontHaus. Distressed and noisy, this really rips away at the more technical sort of feel in Bank Gothic.
Bank Gothic Pro Distressed – Bank Gothic® Distressed (Bold and Bold Condensed) is the warn and weathered version of GroupType’s Bank Gothic® with an antiqued texture that captures the authentic qualities of letterpress printing. Because it’s remarkably detailed, it looks great set at large sizes. Each font includes caps, lower case, small caps and a full set of alternate characters.
Fonthaus also provides a more traditional version, Bank Gothic Pro, which includes extended small cap features in each font style.
Bank Gothic Pro – If there was an American Typeface Hall of Fame, Bank Gothic, designed by the great Morris Fuller Benton would hold a place of special distinction considering this design has survived so many trends in typographic fashion since being introduced in 1930. It’s just as desirable today as it was over eighty years ago; arguably more. Today, Bank Gothic is a very popular choice as a titling face for science fiction books, posters and countless television and movie titles. It is also a popular typeface for use in computer games and digital graphics. GroupType’s 2010 revival of this American classic is true to the design, the period, and Benton’s aesthetic. GroupType worked with some of the most talented and experienced type designers that were historically grounded and sensitive to this design project. Fortunately, Mr. Benton has left us a large selection of other great typefaces for insight and guidance. GroupType’s new revival includes the original three weights in regular and condensed style but also a new small cap and lowercase in each font necessary for 21st century typography.
Bank Gothic with Cyrillic Support – Designed at American Type Founders in 1930-33 by Morris F. Benton. An all-capital sans serif featuring squared-off letters with rounded corners. For use in advertising and display typography. Cyrillic version was created at ParaType (ParaGraph) by Tagir Safayev in 1997.
One other final Bank Gothic option you will want to preview is DeLuxe Gothic by Alphabet Soup, which was designed by the master of retro, Michael Doret. DeLuxe Gothic is extremely unique, as Michael’s goal was to develop a version of Bank Gothic that finally contained lowercase characters.
DeLuxe Gothic – Michael Doret was always very aware of the fact that Morris Fuller Benton’s classic Bank Gothic, a longtime favorite of his, didn’t contain any lowercase characters. So he set out to remedy that by designing his all new DeLuxe Gothic, hoping that his new design would live up to the high standards of this former giant of the font world. He felt that naming his font DeLuxe Gothic would be appropriate, as that was the name that the Intertype Corporation used for their version of Bank Gothic back in the early days of the 20th Century. He also decided to keep the original shortcaps for those who’d want to keep the traditional look, providing options for setting text in upper and lowercase, all caps, or in caps and shortcaps. Available in both Regular and Condensed versions, DeLuxe Gothic is not a direct copy of its respected source rather it should be thought of as a 21st Century update of a 20th Century classic.
Any of these options above will work out well if you are looking for a digital version of Bank Gothic.