The Fascinating History Behind a Futuristic German Font

Kirstin Fawcett

While some consider Futura to be a bit of a hipster font, the futuristic, sans-serif typeface's legacy goes far beyond Wes Anderson films. Created by German graphic designer Paul Renner in the 1920s, Futura was banned by Nazi Germany—as was Renner—only for both to eventually return home. Find out what happened to Renner, why the Nazis re-embraced Futura, how the typeface gained international recognition as the "font of the future," and which U.S. federal agency was responsible for it ending up in space by watching Vox's video above.

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