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

FAQs

12 July 2016

Our frequently asked questions, answered. 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

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

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 LogoFonts™

1 April 2014

Klim LogoFonts™

Logotypes used to be hard. Not any longer! 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

Domaine Design Information

The Domaine typeface family descends directly from the Hardys logotype and typeface, which I designed under direction from Adelaide-based design consultancy Parallax. Continue reading

What is your inspiration?

I often get interview requests from students. Most of the questions are pretty standard and answerable, but the dreaded “What is your inspiration?” is also guaranteed to be in there. This is a hard question to answer. I’ve given some thought to what my inspiration actually is, and I’m finally going to attempt to answer this question properly. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part Three.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part Two.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

Playing Favourites, Part One.

Playing favourites! I’m often asked, “What is your favourite font?”. It’s an impossible question—I like too many typefaces to answer with any brevity. So here is a list—in alphabetical order—of a few typefaces I like, accompanied by specimens and short explanations. Continue reading

The Air New Zealand Logotype Design Process

In late 2011 I was approached by DesignWorks to work on a new logotype for Air New Zealand. I was contracted to draw new letterforms to complement the iconic koru logo. This post details the design process we undertook. Continue reading

Darling Design Information

Stylistically Darling is a wide, light, airy slab serif. It was drawn to set comfortably as text and confidently for headlines. It strikes a quiet balance between a plain skeleton and fanciful flourishes. The details are drawn largely from the Ionic genre, whereas the skeleton and structure tends towards geometric slab serifs. Continue reading

Metric & Calibre Design Information

Metric & Calibre are a pair of typefaces that share a fundamental geometry yet differ in the finish of key letterforms. Metric is a geometric humanist, sired by West Berlin street signs. Calibre is a geometric neo-grotesque, inspired by the rationality of Aldo Novarese's seldom seen Recta. They were conceived as a pair but function independently of each other. Continue reading

Eye Magazine Interview

2 March 2011

“In the past few years the Klim Type Foundry has released a succession of finely crafted typefaces that have been as notable for their range and engagement with typographic history as for their immaculate execution. Klim is the work of one man, Kris Sowersby, a young New Zealander with a prodigious talent for drawing letters.” Continue reading

Process Journal Interview

1 September 2010

Interview with Nicholas Cary from Process Journal, Issue 03, Third Quarter 2010. Continue reading

Kris Sowersby interviewed by Garrick Webster for Computer Arts Magazine, June 30 2009. Continue reading

I Love Typography Interview

19 December 2007

“Many of you will have heard of Kris Sowersby, and something tells me that we’re going to be hearing a lot more about him. He’s the guy behind the sans serif typeface National and the serif typeface Feijoa; he was also on the team of three that created (perhaps type of the year?) FF Meta Serif.” Continue reading