Saul Bass iconic hand lettering for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm film title sequence, as well as his innovative treatment of motion graphics still look fresh today, more than sixty years after they hit the screen. There's no way for a true lettering aficionado to avoid falling in love with Bass vibrating, almost brutal cut-out aestethics.
As an humble homage to Bass inspiration and sensibility, and inspired also by cartoon modern lettering and jazzy graphics of the fifties, we decidede to work on a typeface that could show interlocking rythm and variation in design without resorting to thousands of ligature special letters, but rather by virtue of its modular structure.
The result is DoubleBass, a jazzy four-weights display family that provides an out-of-the-box tool for cartoon modern style logo and heading design. The alternating sets of capital letters and numbers make soure that a bouncy rythm is kept - by virtue of open type ligature substitution - while you type away.
Lighter weights can work for small blocks of text, while the regular and heavy weights show their best in big sizes and display uses. Foreign languages using latin alphabet are covered, as well as russian cyrillic.
Any time you need that jazzy retro vibe, just put on your turntable some cool bebop record and start designing!