It is one of the most basic conventions of Latin typeface design that verticals are heavier than horizontals. But what if they aren’t? Exploring the subtler sides of reversed contrast beyond clichés of cartoons and cowboys, Nordvest is a serif typeface suitable for text whose horizontals are just slightly thicker than its verticals. This lends it a unique voice and texture, causing lines of text to strongly band together.

Nordvest started under the working title Mica as my graduation project in the TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in Den Haag, where it received a nomination for the KABK Master Award. The family consists of romans and italics in four weights, which I am currently completing and finishing for publication. Nordvest will be released by independent foundry Monokrom in Norway.