XYZ Type is the independent type foundry jointly owned and operated by typeface designers Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan. The typefaces Aglet Slab, Export and Cortado are available for licensing here. Each typeface is equipped with OpenType features, alternate characters and a set of symbols to match every font style. Most major Western languages are supported. Free trial versions of the typefaces are also available for use in client pitches and student projects.
On the whole, these typefaces are strategically designed to fulfill the specific needs of customers who design branding, advertising, websites, apps and other media.
Here’s a closer look at Aglet Slab and Export.
Aglet Slab is a sturdy serif typeface with rounded corners. Designed by Ragan, it was released at the launch of XYZ Type in May. On Twitter, designer and writer Ellen Lupton describes it as “crisp and soft, like a July tomato.” Roundness is the heart of Aglet Slab’s structure—and it’s not merely a surface detail. Blunt serifs and repeated geometric shapes find variety in a strategic hierarchy of curves, from subtly cushioned points to abrupt circular ends. An underlying framework of 45-degree and 90-degree angles provides a stable foundation for more boastful characters and organic details. Aglet Slab reverberates a friendly high-tech tone when used prominently, but it stays crisp and nimble in longer texts. A broad range of weights in Roman and Italic add up to 14 versatile styles, each with matching symbols.
Export is a rugged sans serif typeface with brawn and bite. Ragan drew inspiration for the typeface from unique letterforms he spotted on the side of a cardboard box on a street in New York City’s Chinatown. The original vernacular lettering was hand-cut in a flexographic plate by an anonymous craftsperson, then coarsely printed into cardboard. Export’s clever system of unconventional structures defies typographic doctrine. Inflated shapes bulge into pinched counterforms, while rough edges give a worn finish to its blocky heft. The Stencil variant is constructed with a network of breaks that are both pragmatic and illogical. True to the typeface’s original inspiration, the family includes a distinctive collection of shipping caution symbols and arrows, designed to match the letterforms.
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