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Formist Editions showcase Klim’s catalogue of typefaces in Kris Sowersby: The Art of Letters

“Typefaces reflect a culture’s priorities and aspirations. This is why we keep designing new typefaces – the job isn’t done,” states Klim, the type foundry of renowned New Zealander Kris Sowersby. But its Sowersby’s refined selection of typefaces that have transcended individual cultures to become the cornerstone of the contemporary graphic design landscape, with uses for conglomerates, start-ups and local businesses alike.

To celebrate his catalogue of work, which includes popular commercial typefaces such as Founders Grotesk and Domaine as well as custom commissions for PayPal and National Geographic, independent publisher Formist Editions is publishing Kris Sowersby: The Art of Letters. An 800 page paperback with a foiled dust jacket and black painted edges, the book explores letters as art, form and language.

The Art of Letters examines Sowersby’s letter drawing practice while considering each of the 750 featured characters to be an independent work of art, boldly exploring the interplay between their function and style. Each of its pages highlights a singular glyph, removing the context of language systems and alphabets to express them as standalone abstract drawings instead.

The book will feature a critical essay from British graphic designer, writer and educator Paul McNeil of Murr McNeil as well as be typeset in a custom typeface courtesy of Sowersby and Formist Creative Director Mark Gowing; with the latter also responsible for the overall design of the publication.

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