Dangerously Beautiful; The Way to Describe Fabian Marierbode’s Sissi Display Font

A modern modular blackletter, Sissi Display is a display font to die for. It’s beautiful, a little gothic, majorly nostalgic and totally one of a kind.

Sissi Display - Display Font
Sissi Display - Display Font

Sissi’s designer, Fabian Marierbode, notes the typeface was born during a year-long sabbatical he was taking in Milan. ‘My ex-wife and I were watching the movie Sissi, with Romy Schneider from 1955. Inspired by the dresses and the furniture I started to randomly play around with modular shapes with a strong visual relation to this movie‘.

Sissi Display - Display Font
Sissi Display - Display Font

You can totally see the relation of old furniture shapes plucked right out of the film set – the pointed legs of armchairs and clipped curves of 50’s fashion. Interpreting these shapes into a modern blackletter is such an inventive move, and the result is a fascinating mix of singular nostalgic elements which collect into a modular display with a complex, original and unexpected character… Up close, it feels kind of pretty and cute, but zooming out a different feeling altogether emerges.

Sissi Display - Display Font
Sissi Display - 3D Specimen

Sissi Display works best in large headlines and some medium length texts, offering a dramatic, cinematic breath of fresh air pretty much wherever it goes. See more on Type Department.

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