Using traps as an aesthetic device

Jan SchmoegerJan Schmoeger Posts: 280
edited August 2012 in History of Typography
In FF Bradlo is mentioned as the first font to apply traps aesthetically and the year given is 1995. Since my youth I always admired Metron (1971–1972) by Jiří Rathouský*, a custom job for the Prague Metro. That's why I used traps in Mentone (2008). Below is Metron in use at the "Museum" station, Prague, pic. Wikipedia:


*The authorship of Metron was contested by Prof. Petr Tučný, whose drawings, dated 1967–8 are below:


Source article (in Czech) here.

František Štorm digitised Metron, afaik, but does not offer it for sale currently?


  • I've always looked at "traps" as a device to balance overall color, and always thought that they should be more "felt" than "seen'. Type designs with overly visible "traps" as a design element have never appealed to me.
  • I think I really like the overall effect. Interesting.

    Thank you for sharing. Gives me a few new ideas :)
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