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Quantity Produced


Production Cost

NZD$6,072 + 12.5% GST (US$4,189)

Production Time

2 Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

210 mm × 140 mm (8.25 in × 5.5 in)

Page Count

96 plus Cover

Paper Stock

Cover: Sumo Satin 200gsm, matte laminated
Text: Mohawk Navajo 118gsm.

Number of Colors

1 Spot (Black)



Sewn-sections, Otabind binding.


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There is probably nothing dorkier to an outside viewer than a graphic designer looking at every single page of a type specimen catalog… I mean, who in their right mind obsesses about non-sensical text laid out in a bunch of different sizes? We do. And it’s awesome. Especially when it’s well done and when the typefaces are fabulous. The case exactly with this generous type specimen book from New Zealand’s type prodigy, Kris Sowersby, who runs the Klim Type Foundry where he creates proprietary type families for clients like the Bank of New Zealand and American Express, as well as designing retail type families like National and Galaxie Copernicus.

The type specimen is deceivingly simple, printed black on white paper. The satin cover feels outright suave with all that black in evenly spread out. Inside, the type jumps crisply off the page.

The specimen is available for purchase at Village, the exclusive distributor of Klim.

Type shown and used in the book, (all typefaces designed by Kris, collaborators are noted):

Methven Flow
NZ Rugby Chisel
PLINC Exotique with Christian Schwartz
PLINC West Thud with Christian Schwartz
FF Meta Serif with Christian Schwartz & Erik Spiekermann
FF Unit Slab with Christian Schwartz & Erik Spiekermann
Galaxie Copernicus with Chester Jenkins

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Klim Type Specimen Book


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Design and Typesetting: Kris Sowersby



Printing: Graphic Press & Packaging, Levin, New Zealand
Binding: Levin Book Binding, Levin, New Zealand

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

March 11, 2010


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