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2014

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2016

2020

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Specimen, Maelstrom typeface, 2014

This is a Specimen. It was designed by Kris Sowersby and made for Klim Type Foundry. It is dated 2014. Its medium is digital print.

Maelstrom is a display face that reverses the expected stress of a typeface. The horizontal strokes are heavy and vertical strokes are thin, giving the letters a strange and unsettling quality. Sowersby is a leader in the field of typeface design; he offers his wares to the global design community through his Klim Type Foundry.

This object was donated by Kris Sowersby. It is credited Courtesy of Klim Type Foundry.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 89.2 × 65.1 cm (35 1/8 × 25 5/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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