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Glass: Engine of Progress

Next to the ‘Paxton’, type designer Benjamin Sporken also took it upon himself to design a signature display font for the ‘Glass: Engine of Progress’ exhibition.

‘Geißler’ is used as a headline font to display the titles in the exhibitions. The font is based on the banners that were used to denominate the different countries and categories in the Crystal Palace as they are depicted in the Dickinsons’ comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Geißler is fittingly named after Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Geißler, the German glassblower whose skills enabled him to come up with the decorative Geißler-tube, that turned out to be the origin of not only radiant neon lighting, the discovery of the electron as well as the X-ray.

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