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Fragen

The slab-serif typeface Fragen shown on a mobile phone in a headline, body text, and a pull quote.

Sans-serif typeface

by Lucas Descroix, available from The Designers Foundry

16 styles

8 weights: Thin to Black
all with matching italics

License for web/app usage

Single: from $ 35 (web), $ 150 (app)
Family: from $ 250 (web), $ 1,250 (app)

Best for

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

Specialty

These incredibly vibrant italics!

My thoughts on Fragen

Fragen is a text-display hybrid. Not one of those horrible car hybrids that claim to be environmentally friendly when they just want you to continue destroying our planet, while making you feel a bit better about it. This just makes me 😬 … okay, back to the font now. Hybrid means that it mixes the expressiveness of a display typeface with the calmness of a text typeface. It comes with a strong slab flavour, and these super vibrant italics! God, just look at them!

Fragen is the answer to impactful headings. But even in some body text it makes a very decent  impression. Fragen is a hybrid between text and display typeface, which means you should not use it on super text heavy applications, since it’s pretty space consuming as well. The cranky, lively italics obviously stand out and really spice it up. To me, they alone would be reason enough to get Fragen.
The bolder the weight, the more contrast Fragen shows and the rougher the italics seam.

A very cool additional feature is the big number of symbols and patterns that come with Fragen. Especially on the web, these can be handy for common icons. And who would not love a nice custom manicule? Yeah, there’s a term in typography for these ☛ hand symbols. I recommend Fragen for websites or apps that want to stand out, show character and be different. For long reading text or small functional text, it’s not that suited, because it is rather wide.

Fragen comes with great patterns and symbols
Fragen is stable but lively, with a generous set of symbols, patterns, ligatures and alternates.

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

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2 Comments

  1. 🤩I actually think that Fragen is functional in the copy (short form texts such as posters, album covers, product packages), in a regular weight, and for brands that are courageous and experimental. Punctuation! leaves a rather silly impression so not every brand/company could use it.
    It’s character is the most vivid in display heading version. I’m not a lover of the slab but Fragen might change my view on it.
    All these letters together look to me as a group of adolescence hanging after classes on a Friday night. They’re free, on their own. Look at the little y, makes a foot forward with a descender, an attitude! F is some shy guy in the group, while b and h are the loudest kids with a bowl to the up.
    When I was in elementary school, a teacher would ask a (usually) boy with ugly writing: Have you written with legs or with hands? So this came to me when I saw it. Kinda ugly but actually quality quirky.🦄

    Many aspects of Fragen took my attention. 101% agree on Italics, they’re like a special edition! Plus creative symbols. Fragen is a real slab surprise, Oliver. 10/10

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