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Remembering Rich Roat

“I’ve got peanut butter in my cranks” is what Rich Roat would say to me when we were spinning along the roads on a lunchtime ride. A kind way of saying, “Hey, I’m not feeling quite as fast as you are today, slow down!” Ever since hearing the news that Rich passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, all I’ve felt has been that slowness and heaviness.

Read more… December 3, 2017
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Fifty-Nine National Parks poster

We’ve partnered with Type Hike on their latest project, celebrating the “Fifty-Nine National Parks of the United States of America.” James Walker designed the poster using only XYZ Type’s fonts. 

The type-only design marks the first public use of our upcoming release Escalator, a straightforward but approachable geometric sans. The contrasting buoyant brushstrokes of Cortado emphasize the diverse natural features that give many parks their names. Escalator and Cortado were both originally client commissions, inspired by midcentury architectural signage and advertising scripts. 

Now available from Type Hike, in a limited run of 100 screen-printed posters. All profits will be donated to help protect and preserve the outdoors.

Read more… December 1, 2017
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We’re on Fontstand

All of our fonts are now available to rent on Fontstand, for as little as seven bucks a month. A rental includes desktop fonts for one user, plus hosted webfonts for up to 10,000 pageviews/month. We’re thrilled to join many respected colleagues on this innovative font licensing platform, designed and developed by fellow type designers.

Read more… August 15, 2017
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Starting at the end of the alphabet

We’re proud to unveil XYZ Type, our new independent type foundry. This marks the debut of Aglet Slab and Export, two original typefaces, joined by our previous release, Cortado. Free trial versions of every font are available on our site, so we hope you’ll download them and put them to work. We can’t wait to see where they end up.

We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who saw us through to our launch. Topos Graphics went above and beyond in developing our brand identity, our website, our voice, and more. Brana Vasilić at GrayBits transformed Topos’s ideas into brilliant code and made the implausible possible. And Eric Jacobsen helped us up after a bump in the road.

Lastly, a warm thank you to all our friends and mentors in the type community who have offered us advice and encouragement over the years.

—Ben Kiel & Jesse Ragan, XYZ Type

Read more… May 3, 2017