60 Jahre Forte

60 Years of Forte

The Typeface Everyone Knows

Author: Tessa Breuer

Forte, this living typeface, has been used, abused, and often overused for over six decades, since it was published by The Monotype Corporation in 1962. Its designer, Karl Reißberger, has been little known until now. The exhibition 60 Jahre Forte—Die Schrift, die alle kennen (60 Years of Forte) traces the genesis of the “typeface everyone knows” through Reißberger’s early posters, original designs, and advertising materials. It goes in search of worldwide finds and accompanies its revision as Forte Forward by Toshi Omagari 60 years after its first appearance. In dialog with the historical outline, a contemporary examination of the Forte’s formal language takes place on the basis of 31 artistic positions. With their interpretations, international creatives open up a new approach to typography.

60 Years of Forte

September 28th – October 26th, 2022

designforum Vienna Q21/MQ
Museumsplatz 1/Hof 7

1070 Vienna

Opening hours
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, Holiday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 


September 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition opening

September 29th, 7 p.m.
Craig Winslow (tga lecture)
Augmented restoration: shining a light on faded ads
Light Capsules, an ongoing worldwide project

October 5th, 7 p.m.
Toshi Omagari (tga lecture)

Taking Forte forward
On behalf of Microsoft, Toshi revised Forte in 2022

October 6th, 4 p.m.
Typo 3.0 & Logo Workshop (Monotype)
With creative type directors from Monotype Studios

Emilios Theofanous (Studio London) reveals what tomorrow’s written communication will look like, Friedrich Althausen (Studio Berlin) designs a professional wordmark with visitors and digitizes it.
Free workshop, 50 seats
To the registration

October 13th, 3:30 p.m.
Typowalk and Curator’s tour
Buy tickets

€ 4.– / € 2.– reduced

Publication “Finding Forte”
Preorder here!
Also available at designforum Vienna


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