A Devilishly Good Typeface Mixing Black Metal + Scandi Design

Lucifer Sans makes Helvetica seem like the uptight party guest no one really wanted to invite

Back Story: Designer Daniel Brokstad drew inspiration for Lucifer Sans from his Nordic heritage, crafting an alphabet of hard geometry and minimalistic shapes. The letterforms echo the cool, sleek Scandinavian design style that emerged in the early 20th century in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden and reached its peak of popularity during the 1950s. But this one’s got a twist: Brokstad was also influenced by Black Metal, the extreme style of heavy metal music that sprang up in Norway and Sweden during the 1980s and ’90s (and which drew upon the sounds of the ’70s band Motörhead and the growing punk music scene in the U.K., not to mention the corpse makeup worn by the American rockers of Kiss). Black Metal’s rapid tempos, 300 beat-per-minute drumming, shrieking vocals, and heavily distorted guitars are the sonic opposite of Scandinavian design’s calm visual simplicity. Lucifer Sans somehow manages to get these two disparate sources of inspiration to co-habitate in a single typeface.

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