The Berlin Wall inspires a new font for the 30th anniversary of its fall

Words can stop walls when written in this free font. 

We thought type in 2019 couldn't get any better than Kristina Bold, the font based on a stroke survivor's handwriting - but we were obviously wrong.

Voice of the Wall is the reason, a new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall and designed as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the wall's fall in November 1989.

Created by creative agency HEIMAT Berlin for non-profit street art association The Cultural Heirs, the font strikes us as a celebration of three things: type, street art and freedom.

HEIMAT started the project by asking themselves if walls could talk, what would the Berlin Wall say today? They then based the 26 letters on actual graffiti from the Berlin Wall, giving the Wall both a voice and the ability to discuss freedom in an increasingly-bordered world.

“Street art and iconic design can have a dramatic impact on culture, and creating a campaign to celebrate freedom and warn about division to mark this important anniversary was very meaningful to us," says Matthias Storath, CCO at HEIMAT.

"We hope that this project will help remind audiences of our hard-won freedoms, which we must cherish and enjoy."

The project also includes prints, book and the below video in which we hear sirens, dogs barking and gunshots, depicting the suffering the Wall witnessed while it stood.

The piece ends with the warning that 'Division is freedom’s biggest threat'.

Write your own messages for free on the Voice of the Wall website here, but note the website's in German and the font is not yet downloadable (but will be in a few days). Just tick the two checkboxes when you're done writing and choose 'Graffik Generien' to see your text pop up and be ready to download (or 'herunterladen') in .png form.

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