W Type Foundry was originally founded by Diego Aravena and Felipe Sanzana in 2012 as “Without Foundry.” Diego and Felipe initially crossed paths in the University of Chile’s Lettering and Typography degree program. Their mutual enjoyment of the field of typography sparked the beginnings of what would eventually become an operational foundry studio in Santiago.
In 2016, Diego brought two new members onto the team that would become W Type Foundry as it is today. Patricio Truenos and Bana Arasanz both joined the studio’s mission, bringing with them their own unique design styles, ideas, and extensive knowledge of their fields. In addition to their work through W Type Foundry, Patricio teaches calligraphy and graphic design, and Bana works as an advertising art director. Diego continues to teach in the Lettering and Typography Degree program at University of Chile, alongside his work with the foundry studio.
W Type Foundry’s work includes everything from display fonts to geometric designs, slab serifs, and gothic letter sets. Diego, Patricio, and Bana are dedicated to their work within the W Type Foundry studio, which is sure to see continued success in the future. The three have seen their work selected for the past two editions of the Latin American Typography Biennale, in 2014 and again in 2016.
W Type Foundry continues to grow its catalogue of type designs with each new release. One of its more recent releases is Nutmeg, a geometric design with a soft and sweet flavor to its structure. Designed by Salvador Rodriguez, Nutmeg features traditional geometric architecture with rounded corners that give it a pleasant demeanor. It stands with confidence, as sans serifs do, but it carries itself with a tenor of warmth that enables it to come across as friendly and approachable wherever it’s used.
Right now, Nutmeg is a family of 36 fonts, although they are but the first part of a larger family. Nutmeg features a cleanly legible, no-frills reading experience, while Nutmeg Headline offers a little more detailing on the ends of its characters, giving designers two distinct styles to choose from. Nutmeg and Nutmeg Headline are both available in Thin, Ultra Light, Light, Book, Regular, Bold, Extra Bold, Black, and Ultra Black, with corresponding italics for each.
The range of weights in both Nutmeg and Nutmeg Headline make them well suited to a wide variety of design projects, including signage, displays, advertising, headlines, editorials, body copy, publishing, website design, logos, corporate correspondence, posters, infographics, presentations, and mobile apps. It’s also an excellent choice for identity and branding projects that need design cohesion across a number of different media outputs.
As with most of W Type Foundry’s type designs, Nutmeg is loaded with OpenType features that include case sensitive forms, numerators, denominators, fractions, discretionary ligatures, standard ligatures, ordinals, slashed zero, oldstyle figures, tabular figures, subscript, superscript, special numbers, a selection of arrows, and stylistic alternates for extensive flexibility.
Nutmeg’s multilingual support covers Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, and Dutch for graphic design projects that need to reach a global audience.