Coolness, but not frostiness! Realist has straightforward letterforms, a generous x-height, and ascenders close to cap height. Though rooted in early Grotesque type, she doesn’t fall for their quirkiness like some recent revivals. But also it’s Wenzel’s calligraphic hand that separates Realist from more “flawless” designs like DIN and Gotham.
In this respect Realist truly is related to FF Profile, whose facial features are still tangible in Realist’s ‘a’, ‘s’, and the alternative double-story ‘g’ that’s a nod to Schelter & Giesecke Grotesk at the same time.
“She combines a Grotesque with a Humanist sans”, as Wenzel states, but I’d say there is no more than 10% humanism included (though the user can boost that ratio using the optional round dots and the alternative ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘g’ and ‘l’ of Stylistic Set 1).
All of this is available in eight weights and three widths, with a huge glyph set containing old style figures, arrows, frames, shapes and Latin Extended language support, making Realist extremely versatile from the start.