Written by Sara Black
Signifier takes typographical cues from Fell Types, the 17th century team behind Garamond, Granjon, Haultin and Van Dijk.
In what can only be described as a typographical triumph, Klim Type Foundry, has gone from small start-up to an internationally lauded foundry boasting clients such as the Financial Times newspaper, Paypal and National Geographic magazine.
Whanganui School of Design graduate, Kris Sowersby, founded the foundry in 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand with a design philosophy grounded in historical knowledge and contemporary craft and Signifier, Klim’s latest release, draws on a deeply material past.
Acknowledging the processes and tools of digital form-making, Sowersby consciously worked with the computer to recast the lead, antimony and tin of the 17th century Fell Types into ones and zeros. Signifier emerged from this alchemy with Bézier curves and sharp vectors determined by machine logic and a brutalist ethos.
Head to Klim’s website and download the test font before committing should you wish and, while you’re there, check out their 17 other intelligent typography collection offerings.