Condor is a high-contrast sans that glimmers with the contrast of thick and thin. Spanning multiple widths and weights, it is a contemporary take on the stylized sans serifs of the Art Deco period. Condor’s strong, tensile curves, open forms, and steeply sloped italics serve to underscore its vibrant texture, making it a perfect choice for dazzling displays.
In 2009, I moved to Lowell, Massachusetts. I loved walking around the old mill buildings in this industrial city, and became obsessed with the commercial lettering that I encountered. Contrary to the monoweight sans serifs that I was used to, many of these signs were executed in a plain, thick-and-thin style. In Condor, I attempted to merge the simplicity of thick-and-thin forms with the elegance of Art Deco lettering and design.
High-contrast faces have an inherent unevenness, and letter drawers often use strategies like tapering and modeling to temper this effect. I went out of my way to avoid these techniques, choosing instead to let the contrast do its thing. Condor's rational structure, open forms and strong curvature only serve to underscore the texture created by its thicks and thins.
Intended only for display sizes, Condor finds a different kind of versatility in its range of styles. In five widths and six weights, Condor covers a lot of ground, traversing territory between fashion magazines and supermarket tabloids. From urbane sophistication to muscular tension, Condor opens up new stylistic possibilities for the stressed sans.
You won’t find any cursive forms in Condor. Instead, Condor’s italics employ an extreme angle and tight curves to evoke a sense of speed. Italics are often stuck playing the sidekick, but Condor’s italics have the energy and dynamism to stand on their own.