.XYZ is home to creatives of all kinds, including font creators, typeface designers, and branding specialists. Font foundry FutureFonts.xyz helps designers share their work and draw inspiration from fellow creatives. Typography and branding designer William Mulligan uses Mllgndsgn.xyz to display his creative designs. Design director and writer Mark Boulton uses TypeSpecimens.xyz to curate and analyze font design and font usage. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a Germany-based type design practice that takes pride in presenting a collection of self-proclaimed “weird” typefaces for a global audience: NaN.xyz.
New fonts! First batch of Generative Fonts from @nan_xyz_ is now released. They are based on Rubik and generated with home-made scripts that give texture and display effect. https://t.co/PHlxSxVR4K pic.twitter.com/8VCeFBWYNh
— Google Fonts (@googlefonts) May 5, 2022
NaN.xyz is a service-driven type design practice that aims to explore the relationship that type has with technology in an effort to deliver projects with purpose. The Germany-based practice seems to pride themselves on creativity and whimsy, and indicates on their website that they can be found “at the intersection of serious and slaphappy.” NaN.xyz has collaborated on typefaces with leading agencies and global brands, including Google and Virgin.
On the Fonts page, NaN.xyz showcases 12 retail typefaces available for sale, such as Hyena Sunrise and Hyena Noon. Each of these typefaces features various styles, or thicknesses, ranging from thin to ultra. Delivering on their promise of “weird typefaces,” each offering also features a useful, or at least creative, description of how it can or should be used. Examples include “This typeface is often misunderstood” and “This typeface is a classic with a soft spot for cleanliness.”
NaN.xyz offers unique collaborative services, and recommends customized fonts as an original gift idea. They provide creative type services to produce unique and ownable typographic assets that can, as they state, “make your competitors and step-mother jealous.” They welcome interested collaborators to contact them to design never-seen before letter shapes together. The type design practice offers a suite of additional services which include:
NaN.xyz uses the branded email address [email protected] to correspond with their users, which adds to their professional image and generates trust. When you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and have trust that they’re reaching out to the appropriate representatives. NaN.xyz makes it easy for those interested in seeing and utilizing their fonts via their branded social media. They have chosen the handles @nan_xyz on Instagram and @nan_xyz_ on Twitter, which makes them easily discoverable and promotes their website URL right in their social media handle. You can read more about both of these useful techniques in our latest XYZ Quarterly. Explore the typeface collection by following along on Instagram and Twitter, or by visiting NaN.xyz.
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