From Vulf Records and OH no Type Co. comes our second collaboration: Vulf Sans. You might think this was as simple as chopping off the slab serifs and making it proportionally spaced—and you’d be right. But remember, simple does not mean easy.
Vulf Mono, the world’s first collaboration between a type designer and a funk rhythm section, came out in 2016. Since then it has become a novelty merch item for superfans, and a sturdy monospace choice for designers and software engineers. There was a lingering feeling that the design decisions that made the mono feel warm and human could also be applied to a more streamlined structure. I was curious as to whether this would distill the Vulfiness, or simply produce yet another bland grotesque polluting the typographic landscape.
After sketching, testing, and stealing ideas from the mono, we arrived at something warm, familiar, and almost completely lacking any straight lines. A drum machine will produce a steady, yet lifeless beat. With that in mind, Vulf Sans plays with deliberate inconsistencies to create a uniquely rich and lively texture. This idea is played with quite a bit in serifs and humanist sans, but almost never brought to the grotesques.
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