Crack Grotesk

Crack Grotesk is a geometrical grotesque with a lively and powerful character, ranging from Thin to extreme Black in 20 cuts or one Variable Font, including corresponding italics. Originally based on a circle, extreme transitions of joins from thin to thick, dynamic up- and downstrokes, as well as slightly cursive spurs break the borders of pure geometry, giving Crack Grotesk its unique look. In combination with numerous typographic features, Crack Grotesk is ideal for outstanding type in corporate, logo or poster design.

Crack Grotesk Thin
Crack Grotesk Thin Italic
Crack Grotesk Extra Light
Crack Grotesk Extra Light Italic
Crack Grotesk Light
Crack Grotesk Light Italic
Crack Grotesk Regular
Crack Grotesk Regular Italic
Crack Grotesk Medium
Crack Grotesk Medium Italic
Crack Grotesk Bold
Crack Grotesk Bold Italic
Crack Grotesk Extra Bold
Crack Grotesk Extra Bold Italic
Crack Grotesk Black
Crack Grotesk Black Italic
Crack Grotesk Extra Black
Crack Grotesk Extra Black Italic
Crack Grotesk Super
Crack Grotesk Super Italic


Breathing the atmosphere of early Grotesk typefaces, Crack Grotesk combines slightly bulky forms to leave the cold geometry, with a clean, modern stroke, to remain sharp and precise. Crack Grotesk’s trademark might be the unique ‘G’ with its simple straight stem, or the ‘Q’ with a long tail, which bisects the bowl. Letters like ‘K/k’ with its steep leg, ‘e’ with a wide-ranging extensive terminal or ‘J’ with its distinctive horizontal stroke, are just a few other examples, which stand out and create Crack Grotesk’s own atmosphere.

While the uppercase strokes remain mostly linear, steep joins of the lowercases, figures and punctation give the typeface a subtle look, making it suitable for smaller text sizes as well. Additionally slanted spurs on ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘g’ and ‘q’ break the linear stems and the geometry a bit further to ensure that form-like letters can be told apart in a better way, benefitting the typefaces’ legibility.

For additional typographic precision, Crack Grotesk comes with a bunch of symbols and ornamental punctation, making sure that your magazine quotes stand out.

OpenType Features

Crack Grotesk offers a variety of OpenType features for professional typography. Next to nice to type standards like superior lowercase and figures, as well as tabular figures and tabular punctuation, there is also an alternate ‘G’ with a spur, a double-storey ‘a’ and a Berlin-typical ‘ß’.










All characters are included in related letters: For example, the double-storey ‘a’ also exists for superior lowercase or the alternate ‘1’ for fractions, circular digits and tabular figures.

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Variable Font

Crack Grotesk is the first nice to type typeface, which is also available as a Variable Font, supporting two axes, weight and italic, granting the maximum control. All nice to type Variable Fonts come with either the Desktop or Web family package – thus you have the maximum flexibility and can always come back to the static fonts.

A dynamic typetester will be available shortly. Meanwhile you can ask for Variable Font trials, too!





Superior Lowercase


Figures Standard/Oldstyle


Tabular Figures Standard/Oldstyle


Standard Fractions


Circled Figures









Punctation Standard


Punctation Tabular


Punctation Case


Punctation Ornaments

Currencies Standard/Tabular


Symbols Math


Symbols Standard


Symbols Miscellaneous


Symbols Greek


Symbols Geometric

Arrows Standard/Alternate Arrows/Arrows Heads

Glyph Order and Preglyphs

All nice to type fonts provide a structured glyph order with special preglyphs for a better overview – just choose ‘CID / GID’ instead of ‘Unicode’ in your Glyphs overview. To save webspace and loading time webfonts (.WOFF/.WOFF) don’t come with preglyphs.

InDesign CC example

InDesign CC example

Supported Languages

Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bislama, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Comorian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, Flemish, French, Gaelic, Gagauz, German, Gikuyu, Gilbertese/Kiribati, Haitian-Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Javanese, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba/Ciluba/Kasai, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Marquesan, Moldovan/Romanian, Montenegrin, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian, Oromo, Palauan/Belauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Sami, Samoan, Sango, Serbian, Sesotho, Setswana, Seychellois-Creole, Swazi, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok-Pisin, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Uzbek, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Xhosa, Zulu

Crack Grotesk Specimen
Download Crack Grotesk Trials


nice to type trials come with a reduced character set in four formats: PostScript flavoured OpenType Fonts (.otf), TrueType flavoured OpenType Fonts (.ttf) and WOFF /WOFF2 (.woff/.woff2) for web use. nice to type’s unique preglyphs are also included – please have a look above. Depending on the typeface, a few OpenType might be supported, such as alternate letter shapes or the randomize feature.

Typeface Crack Grotesk
Designed by Gabriel Richter
Published in 2018
Fontproduction by Christoph Koeberlin
Thanks to Jonas Schneider for feedback and testing

Crack Grotesk is a trademark of nice to type
Copyright © 2018 by nice to type – Gabriel Richter. All rights reserved.