Kostic Type Foundry is a small, family-owned type foundry in Belgrade, Serbia. Zoran Kostic and his son, Nikola, have been working side-by-side since 2010, when Nikola made the commitment to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue typography.
Zoran had worked on his first font back in 1987, designing a Cyrillic letter set during a time when very few existed. The process of working on that type design led him to continue working on more and more Cyrillic fonts, running parallel to their well-known Latin equivalents.
During that time, Nikola was still growing up but he spent plenty of time hanging out in his father’s studio. When he came of age, he attended university for graphic design, eventually obtaining his masters degree from the University of Arts in Belgrade. While Nikola loved graphic design, several years would pass before he developed a passion for typography but when he did, he partnered with his father and they’ve been working together at Kostic Type Foundry ever since.
One of their latest releases on YouWorkForThem is Altivo, a workhorse sans serif with humanist details. Zoran and Nikola wanted to establish impeccable legibility in all text sizes, designing a font with a generous x-height, wide proportions, loose spacing, and low stroke contrast. The ink traps serve to aid in its functionality while adding a bit of personality when it’s used in headlines and displays.
Available in eight weights that include Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black, and Ultra, with corresponding true italics for each, Altivo is well suited to a wide variety of design projects. Its lighter weights are perfect for editorials, publishing, presentations, web copy, mobile apps, product packaging, labels, business cards, and corporate communications. Altivo’s heavier weights are perfect for displays, signage, bold headlines, advertising, logo designs, book covers, and any project that needs a strong, clean sans serif.
Altivo is loaded with additional features that include capitals to small caps, discretionary and standard ligatures, numerators, denominators, fractions, oldstyle figures, proportional figures, tabular figures, ordinals, and small caps for design flexibility. Its multilingual support is extensive, covering Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, and Latin Ligatures for global accessibility.
Kostic Type Foundry currently offers nine products, a collection of sans serifs, slab serifs, serifs, and display fonts for a variety of design projects. Visit their portfolio to view the rest of their work and bookmark it so you won’t miss any of their future releases!