W Type Foundry was originally established as Without Foundry in 2012 by Diego Aravena and Felipe Sanzana. The like-minded pair met during their mutual time spent at the University of Chile’s Lettering and Typography degree program. Their love for the art of typography led them to set up a studio of their own in Santiago, Chile.
Studios often grow and change following their initial commencement, and time would prove that Without Foundry was no exception. The foundry studio eventually evolved into what the world knows today as W Type Foundry, now operated by Diego Aravena, Patricio Truenos, and Bana Arasanz. Patricio and Bana both joined the team in 2016, and they each bring their own uniquely honed skill sets to the studio. Bana works in art direction, in addition to his work in the field of typography, and Patricio teaches typography at the university.
W Type Foundry has established itself as a studio dedicated to providing the graphic design world with finely tuned typography to suit a variety of project types. They strive to offer fonts that include a high degree of OpenType capabilities and multilingual support, along with a wide range of weights and widths for greater flexibility.
One of their more recent releases is Kappa Vol.2, a slab serif version of their popular contemporary sans serif, Kappa. Kappa Vol.2 features the same blend of humanistic and geometric influences as its sans serif sibling, with a narrow structure that makes the most out of horizontal space limitations while still retaining a high degree of legibility.
Kappa Vol.2 is available in two styles: regular and Display. Display features the same basic architecture as Kappa Vol.2, with just a little more detailing at the ends of its characters. Both styles offer nine weights that include Thin, UltraLight, Light, Regular, Book, Bold, ExtraBold, Black, and UltraBlack, with corresponding italics for each.
The range of available weights make Kappa Vol.2 and Kappa Vol.2 Display both well suited to a long list of project types, including headlines and editorials, displays, signage, advertising, body copy, publishing, corporate communication, website design, logo design, product packaging, infographics, presentations, motion graphics, and mobile applications. With 36 fonts in this family, Kappa Vol.2 is a great choice for identity and branding projects, where design cohesion is vital to keeping a brand’s voice consistent across multiple media outputs.
In its heaviest weights (Bold, ExtraBold, Black, and UltraBlack), Kappa Vol.2 is a fiercely strong contender for bold titling projects, book covers, posters, displays, and provocative headlines that grab instant attention.
With W Type Foundry’s dedication to providing graphic designers with as much adaptability as they can muster, Kappa Vol.2 offers a metric ton of OpenType features, including capitals to small caps, case sensitive forms, discretionary ligatures, standard ligatures, numerators, denominators, fractions, slashed zero, lining figures, oldstyle figures, tabular figures, ordinals, subscript, superscript, small caps, and stylistic alternates.
Kappa Vol.2’s multilingual support is extensive, as well, covering Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, Dutch, and Basic Greek for worldwide accessibility.