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Formist Foundry Typeface Companion 01

$50.00 USD


Please go here to purchase the Kapitol LIMITED EDITION Box Set

A collector’s item limited to an edition of 50 copies.

To celebrate the release of Formist Foundry’s new type family Kapitol, we are thrilled to offer this special Kapitol Scarf.

Designed by Mark Gowing, this custom knitted black and off-white Kapitol scarf is a generous size and features the typeface name and the size it appears on the scarf: 430pt. The scarf is knitted in Melbourne from premium Australian extra fine Merino wool and is off-white on the front, black on reverse

Kapitol is a sans-serif type family that expands on the distinctive materiality found in 1980s screen aesthetics, grounded by a robust practicality, clean utility and concrete geometry. The Kapitol fonts are available from the Formist Foundry.

Formist director and Kapitol designer Mark Gowing describes the type family as “inspired by screen aesthetics that were part of the digital design revolution that gave birth to a vibrant, frantic era of groundbreaking creativity in the late 1980s. I am a product of those tumultuous times and my attitude towards communications is made up of both traditional and progressive values as a result.”

“There was change in the air and luminaries such as Neville Brody, Gert Dumbar, Emigre, April Greiman and Wolfgang Weingart emerged as champions of progress. Frank and awkward characteristics became ever present in new typefaces and a fresh approach to communication design questioned the status quo.”

Gowing continues, “Kapitol expands on the memory of the single-weight Chicago, by capturing its tone and energy, while also completely re-inventing it. To create a sensitive and useful type family, with a formality based on familiar robustness and sense of geometry. Kapitol has been created with a concrete nature at its heart. During the design process I also looked at concrete architecture (both conceptual and literal) for the inspiration required to use geometry as the necessary central focus of Kapitol’s visual language.”

The Kapitol fonts are available from the Formist Foundry.

Please go here to purchase the Kapitol LIMITED EDITION Box Set.

Merino wool
Off-white front, black reverse

1720 × 300 mm 
Design: Mark Gowing
2022 FE031S

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