The history of the realist sans-serif known today as DIN goes back to 1905. At the time, the Prussian railway created a set of lettering with the purpose of unifying the descriptions on their freight cars. Following a merger of all German state railways in 1920, the master drawings of the Prussian railway became the reference for most railway lettering. Based on the master drawings, the D. Stempel AG foundry released the earliest version of a DIN face in 1923.


I created a saddle stitched book that highlights DIN and its history. Because the typeface was used in Germany on street signs and license plates, I designed the cover to look like a traffic cone while the contents of the book maintain the black, orange, and white color palette. This type specimen book informs the reader of the history of DIN, how to identify the typeface, and how the different fonts in the DIN family look.




The type specimen book maintains a black, white, and orange color scheme throughout all the pages. This helps to reinforce the traffic concept in the book.



Glyphs were used in the type specimen book to create patterns and design elements. DIN is known for having unique glyphs and they can help to identify the typeface.




DIN has many characteristics that help people to identify it such as the low crossbar on the uppercase A. This spread shows some of the unique details of DIN letters.