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Karlo

Karlo is a super family of several branches, originating in the same lightweight skeleton. The lightweights are based on a pen of an even stroke-width.

Inspired by the writings of calligrapher Edward Johnston, the family moves on in two directions in the heavier weights. Johnston demonstrated that the broad nib pen can produce different writing styles. Following this, one heavy weight has a humanistic low stroke contrast (KarloSerifBold and KarloSansBold), and another has a high stroke contrast of vertical axis with references to the 19th century jobbing typefaces (KarloOpen). The latter is inspired by Johnston’s demonstration of the broad nib pen, where he suggested fastening two pencils together. With each pencil representing an edge of the pen, it becomes more evident how the pen works in writing.

The friendly informal look makes KarloSans and KarloSerif usable for both running text and for display sizes. KarloOpen, on the other hand, is solely designed for display purpose showing few words at a time.

In Denmark, a guy named Karlo would typically be an old fellow with a slick hairstyle that makes an effort with his appearance. He is a handyman who can do a bit of this and that when needed. He is a happy go lucky kind of guy that takes one day at a time. To me, the typeface family has some of the same qualities.

Karlo - Specimen
Karlo - Complete set
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£295.95
Karlo Sans Extra Light
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Extra Light Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Light
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Light Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Regular
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Medium
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Medium Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Bold
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Sans Bold Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Extra Light
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Extra Light Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Light Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Light
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Regular
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Medium
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Medium Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Bold
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Serif Bold Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Open Regular
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95
Karlo Open Italic
OpenType (Mac/Win)
£22.95