Rotis is a typeface family, which was published in 1988 by Otl Aicher. The script takes its name from Aicher Location Rotis, a district of Leutkirch in the Allgäu.


The font family of the Rotis consists of four variants:

  • Rotis antiquarian (or serif, designed with full serifs )
  • Rotis semi- antique (or semi- serif, with serifes )
  • Rotis semi- grotesque (or semi- sans, sans serif, with high degree of stroke contrast)
  • Rotis grotesque (or sans serif or sans serif )

Rotis Sans II, 2011, was designed by Alice Savoie and Robin Nicholas, a variant of the Rotis grotesque in seven ( instead of four ) weights, each with italics. The spacing of the characters were modified and the amount of digits adapted to uppercase.

In the design

Aicher himself wrote the name Rotis generally small and also added later capitals about his design added, as he rejected the capitalization of individual words as a symbol of hierarchy and oppression. In securities trading, you will find mixed and often also a great spelling.

Under typographers and designers Rotis is very controversial as Otl Aicher has many of the accepted theories which he himself has drawn up concerning the legibility of fonts in general, not considered in his rotis. The typeface looks unsettled with larger amounts of text and flickers on bright paper, especially the two Semi -sections.

Nevertheless, the Rotis has concise shaped single letters ( especially noticeable e ), and thus is particularly suitable for headlines and in logo typography. It will, however, mostly in the cultural and artistic field, used as body type.

Otl Aicher has set his book typography completely in the Rotis; the German text columns consistent in lowercase, the English columns in mixed case.