Font Friday

Apfel Grotezk (free font)

The rounded geometric sans-serif typeface Apfel Grotezk shown on a mobile phone in a headline, a pull quote, and the body text.

Sans-Serif typeface

by Luigi Gorlero, at Collletttivo

3 styles

Regular, Bold, and Brukt

License for web/app usage


Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)


The punched Brukt style for special headlines or other rather large and short text.

My thoughts on Apfel Grotzek

Luigi Golero, the designer of this week’s pick, is co-founder of Collletttivo. A non-profit group of people sharing their interest in type design and distributing free Open-Source typefaces. I like their vision, and you immediately get the vibe of experimentation on their website with plenty of cool fonts, mostly made for display text.

Apfel Grotezk Regular seems geometric but not clean. Apfel Grotezk Bold is more contrasting and a bit wonky. Apfel Grotezk Brukt with crazy cutouts for whatever cool application you might need it.
The three different styles of Apfel Grotezk

Apfel Grotezk is a rounded, geometric sans-serif with easy curves and a friendly attitude. But what does this type specimen bullshit bingo mean? Geometric? Easy curves? What? Let me show you by comparing it to popular Century Gothic from 1991. Century Gothic seems very mono-linear, exact, clean, and is also wider. Apfel Grotezk comes with better distinguishable letter shapes, like a serif on the t, or a double storey a. The curves are easier, less circular. In the bold weight, Apfel Grotezk is more contrasting (see the diagonal stroke of the z). These all are features that make it geometric, but not cold.

Apfel Grotezk is Geometric, and still warm. Century Gothic is Geometric, but very cold.
When you compare Apfel Grotzek to popular Century Gothic you see how different two typefaces that claim to be geometrical can seem.

The Regular and Bold weight will work for a good amount of body text, although I would not use it on super text-heavy applications, since the typeface still needs plenty of space. The recently added punched Apfel Grotezk Brukt is marketed by Collletttivo as to reduce the amount of ink used in printing through the cut-outs. Yeah … I don’t really think that it has that much impact, but I like the style! Below 40 px font size, it definitely becomes too fuzzy, so only use Brukt for a cool short title or headline.

What do you think? Is Apfel Grotzek something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. They are not only generous but their creativity shines bright! I’ve just visited Collletttivo’s site and Insta page. Seeing these fonts in unexpected action, animations and designs are a win-win to distinguish as a typo brand.
    Apfel Grotezk isn’t my taste but I’ve found another in their palette. Despite, your comparison with Century gothic brought me closer to understand its specialty. Gorgeous!

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