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Hanje Ultra

The bold sans-serif display typeface Hanje Ultra on a mobile phone set in the heading and a quote. The quote by Laura Worthington says: ““Display type is a visual voice. Without reading, it imparts its messages.”

Display typeface

by Thomas John, from New Letters

2 styles

Ultra and Ultra Italic

License for web & app usage

Single: from € 20 (web), € 75 (app)
Bundle: from € 35 (web), € 150 (app)

Best for

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

Specialty

Ultra bold, ultra weird, ultra contrasting. A tight display typeface with very unusual italics to spice up your project.

My thoughts on Hanje Ultra

Sometimes I just want to show you a typeface, because I find one or two tiny things very cool about it. Even if I don’t know if there might be a lot of projects for it. This is the case with Hanje Ultra. It is a super tight, ultra bold typeface. It is very geometric and constructed, but it does not feel dry at all. The reason for that are the tiny apertures and counters – basically just a dot or line – and the overlapping dots or diacritics. They turn Hanje Ultra almost more into a pattern of shapes, than text.

Super tight, overlapping diacritics
The bold and tight design, and overlapping diacritics contribute to the casual and goofy feeling Hanje Ultra evokes.

But there is another thing I really like, it’s the goofy italics. The round shapes are just rotated, which you can see at the c, e, s, or o. The characters are slanted, and seem more stable, like the l, n, i, or v. Overall, this creates a wonky and lively impression, as if the round letters fell over and were stopped by the others. Hilarious 😂, but only if you use it as a well dosed joke 😉.

Crazy Italics. Did they trip?! Are they drunk? We will never know.
In the italics, the round letters are rotated, while all the others are slanted, creating a lively and goofy, but also unbalanced impression.

Lastly, I want to point out the numbers, which I find super intriguing as well. Hanje Ultra comes with a lot of numerals, crazy fractions, arrows, and symbols. Something you would not expect from this kind of display typeface. And it stays true to the bold and overlapping style here as well.

Look at those crazy fractions!

So, what to do with this typeface? Hanje Ultra will work best for super short text. One or two words, or just a single character as an initial, or a gigantic number. Use it with as little line height as possible and as large as possible (40 px at least). Don’t expect it to work for longer sentences, my example at the top is already an edge case. Embrace its weirdness and you’re good to go.


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

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