DIN for Typographic City Posters

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Fonts in Use | Chris Hamamoto | November 19, 2008

Show how much you love your city with an Ork Poster, designed by Jenny Beorkrem. With the help of DIN (1451 Engschrift) these clever prints sidestep traditional maps and bring forth top-notch typographic design, simplicity, and a modern edge. Out with small type and in with DIN’s strong letter forms and bold personality.

Careful thought has been put into each of these designs. Beorkrem playfully crams and stacks characters of all shapes and sizes into geographic neighborhoods to portray these bustling cities. The San Francisco map can even be made “green” with recycled papers and soy-based inks. Ork posters are one of a kind and you won’t find these hiding in a glove compartment.

Priced between $22-$27, the posters and screen prints make a great holiday gift. They are one of the more affordable pieces of wall art available, all while being very unique and eco-friendly.

DIN (1451 Engschrift)


If you like DIN (1451 Engschrift), we recommend you take a look at FF DIN. 1451 Engschrift is a pretty faithful digitization of the original DIN fonts. However, FF DIN is a bit more regularized for modern design, with more weights and widths. FF DIN is also a much larger collection.

See also: Other versions of DIN, Alternatives to DIN


  1. We asked Jenny about the motivation behind her typeface choice for the art:

    DIN is a powerful face, while still being geometric and almost grid-like. It was designed for signage — to be legible from a distance — which is obviously an advantage when its used for headlines or for wall art. It’s condensed without feeling “cramped” as some condensed fonts tend toward. And lastly, its weight is versatile in that it doesn’t disappear when set at 7 or 8 points and its not overpowering when set at 200 point. For all of these reasons, it worked best for the posters and innately looked the best of all the typefaces I tried.


    Posted by Stephen Coles on Nov. 20, 2008
  2. I first saw Ms. Beokrem’s wonderful work around August/September and it inspired me to (rather laboriously) make a hand-lettered ripoff—erm, version—of this using a map of my hometown.

    It didn’t turn out nearly as brilliant. Perhaps I should try it with FF DIN…

    Posted by FV on Nov. 20, 2008
  3. Do you happen to have something like this of the whole world with the major cities forming the continents? If not, do you know of where I could look for this? Thanks!

    Posted by Jay Khor on Nov. 10, 2010

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