We’re delighted to announce the addition of five juicy new weights to T1 Korium – the first ever font from our very own foundry, T1 Foundry!
Designed in collaboration with Valerio Monopoli, also known as Morula Type, T1 Korium is a contemporary sans serif with angular shapes and a badass attitude – perfect for when you’re in need of maximum impact, eye-catching type.
Originally from Rome and now based in Barcelona, Valerio has been producing and distributing a range of fonts for a couple of years now. As it happened, he connected with us at just the right time; we were looking for a type designer to collaborate with, and he was looking for potential distributors for his more expressive projects.
It was this fortuitous coincidence that led to the birth of T1 Korium.
Looking to create a powerful, contemporary sans serif typeface, Valerio notes that the first few drafts of T1 Korium were not as exciting or innovative as the final design today. It was with the creation of the highly stressed Ss, a design choice that Valerio says pushed him to “reconsider every other letter” to match the bent arms, that the real breakthrough arrived. “From then on,” Valerio adds, “the design took an unexpected turn and the texture started to feel much more dynamic. I came up with the name Korium, like the deadly radioactive material, after designing all the basic characters and looking at how ominous they would look when condensed.” Now with five different weights and a variable font, T1 Korium has grown to encompass a whole new range of voices.
T1 Korium‘s definitive features, like the angular terminals on letters like Kk and Ss, were designed to merge at the same height to keep a consistent texture across long words while remaining bold and expressive. “Korium is also packed with symbols you would associate with a nuclear plant setting,” Valerio says, “like a complete set of wayfinding arrows, the Atom, Biohazard and Radioactivity symbols, chemical signs and more unicode easter eggs.”
“Being an aggressive and rhythmic typeface,” he continues, “I can see T1 Korium being used in sport advertisements or signage, electronic music or personal branding purposes.” With T1 Korium‘s new weights and variable font, there’s even more to explore. Thank you, Valerio!
For more on T1 Koirum, visit Type Department now.