The new Kairos from Terrance Weinzierl:
sporty, hip and octagonal
Distinctive, edgy, muscular and yet a little playful: with its octagonal base shape, the slab serif Kairos picks up on the character of the so-called “Grecian fonts”, which were popular in the 19th century. Monotype designer Terrance Weinzierl has created a contemporary and modern interpretation of those fonts, which are also decorated with shadows, facets and overlays.
The octagonal basic form exhibits a certain formal, stencil-like character, to which Weinzierl deftly added influences of an Antiqua. For example, the “a” and “g” in the upright styles are designed with an open, two-story shape typical of an Antiqua. In the italics, these change to a closed form. Kairos is available from Thin to Black in eight finely graded weights, each in three different widths. All styles are accompanied by an italic and contain small caps. A Display style, designed as an overlay with highlights, has a three-dimensional, shadow effect and rounds out the options. Thanks to the great options with weights and the additional design choices with overlay highlights and shadow styles, you can use Kairos for many very diverse design tasks. The square and basic geometric shape adapts smoothly – and in some cases, playfully – to your design requirements. In this way, Kairos has more of the craft-like character of a farmer’s market than the attitude of an insurance company, picking up on the do-it-yourself trend.
Throughout the history of Monotype, typefaces have originated based on customer requests. This is the case for the athletic, powerful, octagonal Kairo, which is suited to very diverse printed or digital designs.