“CGN” in the middle of the two cities Cologne and Bonn is a rather small airport in the very west of Germany but making a name for itself with the unique and daring corporate design by Intégral Ruedi Baur. The idea was to position the airport as a friendly place where the majority of people will start into their holidays (although a very large percentage of the passengers are still business men and governmental employees flying between Bonn and Berlin, but why shouldn’t they feel relaxed at the airport, too).
Already proven practical since 2005, the design and signage still feels as fresh as it was installed just yesterday. Everything is built around a customized version of the typeface Simple by Swiss design studio Norm for which a large set of special pictrograms was designed. Simple esthetics, casual atmosphere, and stroke thickness of fonts and icons match perfectly. The colorful background of the large icons are off-set from the thick black outline, leaving a “handmade” impression or one of sloppy printing.
The project is very well documented on Integral Ruedi Baur’s website, so check out more images there.
Nice one, Indra! Can’t believe this gem was not on Fonts In Use already.
The typeface used for this project is SimpleKölnBonn (or Simple-Airport), a customized version of Simple that Intégral Ruedi Baur had commissioned from Norm. Manuel Krebs and Dimitri Bruni talked about the modifications at the Raabs symposium 2008:
Yes, but since the typeface is still very close to Simple, I preferred to keep it simple and searchable with a standard specimen.
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Contributed by Florian Hardwig