COALITION: A Sexy, Dangerous, Stencil, Sci-Fi, Sans-Serif Font


Several months ago I spotted the logo for Showtime’s, HOMELAND, and was immediately struck by the bold, brutal, blocky font with the stenciled “E”. No sooner had I learned the identity of the font — COALITION, by TracerTong, did I spot it again, in the trailer for MS ONE, Maximum Security.

Stencil faces are trending right now; (ESPN, The NFL, etc.). I’m a huge fan of House Industries’ UNITED Stencil, and am always on the lookout for something similar. The problem with many stencil faces however, is that all those extra lines and spaces impact legibility, particularly onscreen or at small sizes. COALITION avoids this pitfall, by limiting the stencil to the A,E and F characters. The bonus feature of COALITION is the built-in texture, imbuing the font with a rough hewn, spray painted immediacy.

Tong describes his typeface as a “Gears of War-type font”, invoking the hyper-violent sci-fi shooter as his inspiration. Amazingly, it’s still available as a free download over at DaFont. Get it while it’s hot!