Volkswagen brand's new signature typeface

Germany's MetaDesign develops a new typeface.
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MetaDesign, Germany's leading brand agency, has taken the Volkswagen brand typeface to a new level and wins a 2015 Red Dot Award for communication design in the process.

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Volkswagen's new signature typeface by MetaDesign in collaboration with Hannes von Döhren.

Beginning May 25th, 2015, the carmaker will communicate in a new visual dialect around the world and across all media. The brand typeface, developed exclusively for Volkswagen, will be used in all communication media and in all vehicles, thus contributing to the high recognition of the brand. It will be rolled out successively according to production cycles.

Ongoing digitalization and globalization place new demands on a holistically integrated brand image. The increasingly digital cockpit design means that brand elements such as the typeface are becoming more prominent inside the vehicle, for example in the instruments and infotainment systems. And as the Volkswagen brand has continued to develop over the years, its look has always grown with it. As a key component of the brand's look and feel, the typeface has now been reworked and updated. The use of a proprietary typeface also contributes to cost-efficiency, allowing the company to avoid license payments for unlimited user rights.

The exclusive typeface was developed in collaboration with the typographer Hannes von Döhren in two distinctions, “Volkswagen Head” and “Volkswagen Text”.

The typeface family radiates dynamism, modernity, and the human touch, and thus creates an optimal brand fit between the look of the type and the character of the brand. As in the distinctive Volkswagen vehicle design, form and function harmonize to create a unified whole. Angles, edges, and curves create visual bridges and a pleasant flow. With regard to modern technical standards and criteria such as space, legibility, multi-lingualism, and cross-media practicability, this typeface is perfectly suited to use in digital and mobile media.

“Having a typeface that we can use in both our communication and our products is a new quality for Volkswagen. This typeface is obviously inspired by our vehicle design, communicates the character of our brand and offers Volkswagen customers a distinct and sustainable brand experience,” says Xavier Chardon, head of marketing at Volkswagen Brand Cars.

Arne Brekenfeld, CEO of MetaDesign, adds: “Our globally networked digital world places a host of new demands on branding in general and on a brand typeface in particular. We're delighted to take this visible step into the future of branding together with Volkswagen, our customer of many years.”

MetaDesign and Volkswagen look back on a long and successful partnership that started in 1994. The Berlin-based brand agency also created the carmaker's outgoing typefaces, VW Headline and VW Utopia, both in use since 1997.

(source: MetaDesign with thanks to Modesto García of Brandemia.)

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Volkswagen's new signature typeface by MetaDesign in collaboration with Hannes von Döhren. (before on left and after on right).

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Volkswagen's new “Volkswagen Head” and “Volkswagen Text” signature typeface by MetaDesign in collaboration with Hannes von Döhren.

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"VW Head" font.

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"VW Head" font details.

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"VW Head" font.

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"VW Head" font.

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1997 vs 2015 typeface comparison.

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