An experimental font built upon basic elements

Hannover Bridge, the major influence for this experimental typeface, is the name of a cargo boat owned by a Japanese shipping company and registered in Panama with a name referencing Germany.


The Hannover Bridge is one of the world’s largest container vessels. The typeface is a metaphor: just like a freighter, it is an instrument for carrying around content (in this very case, a message regarding different systems of writing). It is an experiment that tries to unify several of the world’s alphabets. Assembling the various graphic signs, Massimo Pitis aimed at creating a font that could help communication through different languages, cultures, worlds: signs that could be recognized by an Italian as well as by a Korean or an Arab, within a common type environment. These signs can form a new language which reduces the visual barriers between existing systems, and they can carry different meanings.