OSTBLOCK first was called ›Q3A‹. I drew the letters in 2004, inspired by pictures of East Berlin. From a bird’s eye view and with just a little imagination the structure and the shapes of the buildings, built in the late 60s, do look like letters. All these prefabricated slab-construction buildings (Plattenbauten) of former GDR had names like WBS70 or Q3A. The alphabet was drawn in Freehand, with 3 different layers, to make the letters look 3-dimensional. But it never made it into a font – until now.
Today, with OpenType technology, it is one font that containes 5 layers as Stylistic Sets and a wide range of accented characters and all kerned!
Learn more on how to use OSTBLOCK with this user guide.
OSTBLOCK in use
Simplified and customized version of the original type design for a client working in mobile games business.
Little Flash presentation of the font.