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About Foundry Sans
Foundry Sans, a humanistic sans serif typeface designed by David Quay and developed by both David and Freda. The idea behind this design came from a conversation that David Quay had with renowned type designer Hans Eduard Meyer, the designer of the Syntax font family, while at ATypI in Paris, 1989. Meyer revealed that Sabon, designed by Jan Tschichold, was the inspiration behind his Syntax typeface. This approach formed the basis for the design development of The Foundry’s very first sans serif typeface family; the inspiration for Foundry Sans comes from the proportions of Stempel Garamond, a long standing personal favourite of the designers at The Foundry Types. Hans Eduard Meyer gave his blessing.
The defining characteristics of a humanist sans such as Foundry Sans are strong calligraphic influences, shapes that flow on from the handwritten letterform, thick and thin strokes that are low in contrast, along with classic proportions. The double storied lowercase ‘a’ and ‘g’ are distinctive glyphs and follow the old style principles of text typefaces which are very easy to read owing to the proportions and sensitive nature to the designs construction.
The original Foundry Sans drawings were sketched in late 1989, first by David and then by Freda, both working in tandem, side by side, in the hustle and bustle of their studio Archer Street, Soho, London.
Foundry Sans now in its 30th year, and the second typeface to be released by The Foundry in 1990. Originally conceived as a family of four weights, Book, Medium, Demi and Bold with a corresponding Book Italic weight. Since then, Light, Extra Bold have been created to the Roman styles and an additional Medium and Demi Italics added complete the nine weight font family.