Klub Design Information
The TYPE BY Klub is a typeface designed by Pierre Pané-Farré.
Klub stems from Pierre’s graduation project at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig back in 2012. One of the graduation project’s elements were a range of self-made, also referred to as „proto“-woodtype letters, that were used in a large multi-colored billboard printed in letterpress.
From 2012 on, Pierre continued to work on these letters – developing a fundament for what would become the Klub superfamily of fonts. At about the same time, Pierre went on to deepen his interest in the 19th century early poster type and colour printing. In 2017 his research blossomed into “Soiree Fantastique” an award-winning publication, that brought to light an impressive range of feature-rich 19th century posters and typographic jewels.
Looking back at the process of designing Klub, Pierre recalls: “Once I designed the condensed woodtype letters, I started asking myself where would the already taken design decisions lead me to formally. What form will take they if I’d take on to expand on the initial material, and even add multiple weights? And so I firmly decided that Klub shall not refer to a historical source.” Instead, Pierre pursued a bold and straightforward approach of his own, but evoking nevertheless the freedom of the 19th century poster type.
This impact-oriented experiment resulted in the final design of Klub – a wide-ranging superfamily of fonts that are full of character, and where heavy contrasted extremes are complemented by delicate details, all in multiple flavours. Klub invites designers to use both, its power (also remarkable in colour use) but also engage into mixing varying letterforms, styles and weights from across the family.
With all the widths and effective weights and wealth of fine perfect-imperfect glyph details, one could argue that Klub still echoes the practice of poster typesetting, as it was practised late into the 20th century by small-print shops in the countryside. But that aspect is a rich feature and does not deter Klub from being a formidable tool in creating bold, playful, and impactful typography - be those apps, posters, books, or packaging design.
Klub’s first public appearance was in 2014, being featured as the prime typeface of the exhibition catalogue “Vom Buch auf die Straße” at the Museum of Printing in Leipzig. Klub’s final version was publicly shown in the summer of 2015, in Fred Smeijers’ public lecture in Paris, for Type@Paris.
The Klub superfamily spans across 11 widths and consists of 11 families, each in 6 weights of roman designs. Klub is equipped with a full range of Latin Extended glyphs, Lining and Old-Style figures, effective alternate glyphs, and case-sensitive punctuation.
Klub fonts are available in OTF CFF, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2 formats.