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The logo is served in the form of a (character-limited) font named Very Rough Gothic made by Rob Stenson. It’s a digitization of Ernst Schneidler’s Ganz Grobe Gotisch. While this German name may very well be translated to “very rough gothic”, the word grob (rough, rude, coarse, crude, gross) here is, strictly speaking, an old-fashioned term for boldface. When Ganz Grobe Gotisch came out in 1930, it had largely fallen out of fashion already. As far as I can tell, Kabel (1927) was about the last major release that used grob for designating the bold weight. In the case of Ganz Grobe Gotisch, it was obviously chosen for the alliteration. An alternative translation would be “Totally Black Gothic”. I only add this smartassery here so that Dan doesn’t have to. The Tonal blog is rad, and so is the logo!
Do have to admit that “Very Rough Gothic” was a Google Translate, so it’s nice to see a more accurate translation! That said, the digitization was one of my first experiments in Robofont, so “very rough” made a lot of poetic sense to me as a description of my very rough digitization abilities. Glad you like the logo!