Financier Design Information

Financier is a new typeface family drawn for the redesign of the Financial Times (FT), which was launched in September 2014. It comprises two complementary sets of styles: Financier Display and Financier Text. Kevin Wilson and Mark Leeds provided design direction over the course of several months. Continue reading

Tilting at Windmills

12 July 2016

Rudy VanderLans’s reply to our “Welcome to the Infill Font Foundry” article. Continue reading

Welcome to the Infill Font Foundry

A response to Rudy VanderLans’s claim of “In-fillism” in the typeface design industry. Continue reading

Why we need new typefaces

“Why do we need new typefaces?” is a perennial question from non-designers and folks who don’t use typefaces. This is an attempt at an answer. Continue reading

Hone Tuwhare Trust Posters

Four limited edition posters to raise money for the Hone Tuwhare Trust. Continue reading

Interview with Kim Hill

30 March 2016

Interview with Kim Hill

I was interviewed by Kim Hill for Radio NZ in her famous Playing Favourites program. It’s a great format, a casual, informed conversation interspersed by songs I have chosen. Kim is a stalwart interviewer with broad knowledge on many subjects. We discuss my recent Black Pin award, the Financial Times redesign, the NZ flag debacle and bogans. Continue reading

PayPal Sans Design Information

PayPal Sans is a new screen-first typeface family designed for PayPal Inc. It is comprised of two complementary sub-families: PayPal Sans Big and PayPal Sans Small. It was designed with direction from the PayPal product team over the course of several months. Continue reading

Cooper Hewitt Beauty Interview

An interview with Justin Zhang for “Beauty”, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Continue reading

Florence Alexander

3 February 2016

Florence Alexander

Domaine Display in use for Florence Alexander by Sarah le Donne in Stuttgart, Germany. Continue reading

ParrotDog

26 January 2016

ParrotDog

Pitch in use for ParrotDog by Adam Cansino in Wellington, New Zealand. Continue reading

The Queen’s House

21 January 2016

The Queen’s House

Pitch and Founders Grotesk Text in use for The Queen’s House by OK-RM in London. Continue reading

Isthmus

20 January 2016

Isthmus

Calibre in use for the Isthmus book by Inhouse design in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Gabrielle

20 January 2016

Gabrielle

Domaine Sans Display in use for the Gabrielle label by Cornershop Design in Australia. Continue reading

R2 Book

19 January 2016

R2 Book

Founders Grotesk in use for a book by R2 Design in Portugal Continue reading

Cornershop Business Cards

19 January 2016

Cornershop Business Cards

Domaine Text in use for Cornershop’s lovely business cards. Continue reading

Seabrook Wine Label

19 January 2016

Seabrook Wine Label

Domaine Text & Display in use for the Seabrook wine label by Cornershop Design in Australia. Continue reading

Awards & Accolades

11 October 2015

Awards & Accolades

A chronological list of all the awards & accolades Kris Sowersby has won. Continue reading

Pure Pākati Design Information

Pure Pākati was designed for exclusive use by Tourism New Zealand, who were looking to move their “100% Pure” campaign away from several years of Middle Earth. This shift included an overhaul of their typeface and visual language. The typeface was designed by Phil Kelly, Rangi Kipa, Karl Wixon and Kris Sowersby. Continue reading

Towards an Ideal OpenType User Interface

“Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems.” It is used by professional graphic designers and typographers on a daily basis. It does many things well, but it does not provide a good OpenType feature user interface. What it does provide is, in fact, abysmal. This has frustrated many of us over the years. Continue reading

Domaine Sans Design Information

Domaine was an exploration into the unpopular Latin typeface genre; Domaine Sans delves into another unpopular genre: sans serifs with contrast. Continue reading

Klim Font End User Licence Agreements. March 15, 2014. Continue reading

Archives de gravés

11 May 2014

Archives de gravés

National in use for Archives de gravés by Alain Vonck Continue reading

Dark Sand

21 April 2014

Dark Sand

Calibre in use for Dark Sand by Alain Vonck. Continue reading

ArtFad

21 April 2014

ArtFad

Tiempos Headline in use for the ArtFad identity by Hey in Barcelona. Continue reading

Planning for Protest

21 April 2014

Planning for Protest

Founders Grotesk Condensed in use for Planning Protest by Project Projects in NYC. Continue reading

Abbott Miller Exhibition

21 April 2014

Abbott Miller Exhibition

Calibre in use for the Abbott Miller Exhibition by Pentagram. Continue reading

Gato

21 April 2014

Gato

Pitch in use for the Gato identity by Pentagram Continue reading

Klim LogoFonts™

1 April 2014

Klim LogoFonts™

Logotypes used to be hard. Not any longer! Continue reading

New York Magazine, Spring Fashion

Domaine Sans in use for the Spring Fashion issue of New York magazine. Continue reading

Ministry of Clouds

21 February 2014

Ministry of Clouds

National in use for Ministry of Clouds by Parallax in Adelaide, Australia. Continue reading

“H” Syrah

21 February 2014

“H” Syrah

Pitch in use for “H” Syrah by Parallax in Adelaide, Australia. Continue reading

The Roxy

13 February 2014

The Roxy

Pitch in use for The Roxy by D.T. Practice in the U.K. Continue reading

Maelstrom Design Information

Maelstrom is a reversed-stress typeface. It’s a “perverse” typeface, to be sure, but that is exactly its charm. It belongs to a genre that seems destined to be perpetually a typographic outsider—never really fashionable yet never fully abandoned. Continue reading

Porter & Plot

7 January 2014

Porter & Plot

Pitch in use for Porter & Plot by DIA in New York City. Continue reading

Designing News

5 January 2014

Designing News

Domaine Text & Display in use for Designing News by Francesco Franchi in Milan. Continue reading

Bonnet à Pompon

19 December 2013

Bonnet à Pompon

Tiempos Headline in use for Bonnet à Pompon by Luis Coderque in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading

Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities Annual Report

Pitch in use for the Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities Annual Report by WAX in Calgary, Canada. Continue reading

El País Semanal

22 October 2013

El País Semanal

Founders Grotesk & Tiempos in use for El País Semanal by Solo in Barcelona Continue reading

Diverse Practice

20 October 2013

Diverse Practice

Tiempos Headline in use for the Diverse Practice exhibition by Catherine Griffiths in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Commodity × Ferroconcrete

20 October 2013

Commodity × Ferroconcrete

Tiempos Headline in use for the Commodity × Ferroconcrete fragrance range. Continue reading

OneCoffee

4 October 2013

OneCoffee

Founders Grotesk in use for OneCoffee packaging Continue reading

Alquimie

30 September 2013

Alquimie

Domaine in use for Alquimie magazine by Nicholas Cary in Victoria, Australia. Continue reading

NYC Beaches

12 September 2013

NYC Beaches

Founders Grotesk in use for NYC Beach signage by Pentagram in New York. Continue reading

The Bulletin App

16 August 2013

The Bulletin App

National & Newzald in use for The Bulletin iPad app by Strategy in Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue reading

Anthology of New Zealand Literature

National in use for the Anthology of New Zealand Literature cover by Katrina Duncan at AUP in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Leighs Construction

16 August 2013

Leighs Construction

National in use for the Leighs Construction Annual Review by Q Brand Agency in Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue reading

Lucky Sod

16 August 2013

Lucky Sod

National in use for the Lucky Sod packaging by pHd³ in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Auckland Triennial Catalogue

Calibre in use for the Auckland Triennial Catalogue by Inhouse in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Park Safe

13 August 2013

Park Safe

Calibre in use for Park Safe by Special Group in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading

Stable

13 August 2013

Stable

Founders Grotesk in use for the Stable identity by Creature in Wellington, New Zealand. Continue reading