Britannic was originally created in 1906, at the beginning of the 20th Century, by Stephenson Blake, a type foundry base in Sheffield, England.
The company began operations in July 1818 by silversmith and mechanic William Garnett and toolmaker John Stephenson, financially supported by James Blake.
Throughout the years the foundry have released several font families such as Britannic, a sans serif face with a vertical axis and a high degree of stroke contrast, especially in the heavier weights.
In 1985 URW++ digitalized the font and brough Britannic back in use. For an uncertain period of time, Microsoft included Britannic in its Windows default font set. This might be the reason why it spread across the world.
Five years after the font was released, the Royal Navy launched HMHS Britannic, the sister ship of RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic. On the morning of 21 November 1916 the ship was shaken by an explosion, and sank 55 minutes later, becoming the largest ship lost in the First World War. Apparently there are no correlations between the typeface and the vessel.
Britannicinuse started in 2013 as a challange between Giacomo Traldi and the art director Luca Pitoni. They both wanted to prove how this font is largely used in different contexts all around the world.
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