Zico Slab

Design Concept

Zico is a large typeface family inspired by sports aesthetics, available in a beefy Slab-Serif version and a corresponding Display version, slightly square-ish humanist Sans, and a narrower Sans Condensed. Zico is compemented by the Hebrew version of Slab, Sans, and Display.

zico type system overview

Unlike the original Zico Slab, which is inspired by the letterforms typically used in sport jerseys, Zico Sans is a versatile Sans Serif family with wider applications in mind. By dropping the robust serifs, Zico becomes a natural high-performance typeface with low contrast and plenty of optical compensations that make even the darkest weights work at small sizes. Since the basic proportions are rather wide, Zico Sans also includes a Condensed version, for situations where space-saving typography is required. Combined, they offer complete typographic palette for the most demanding designers. Read more about development of Zico▸

zico sketches

OpenType features

Like all Typotheque fonts, Zico Slab includes Small Caps in all styles. Additionally, Zico includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.

zico small caps

Numerals

All weights of Zico Slab include ten different kinds of numerals. Proportional Lining figures come as default figures in Zico. It also, however, includes Old-style figures, Tabular numerals (both lining and OsF), Small Caps numerals, superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals (selectable via OpenType features).

zico numerals

Author

Designed by Marko Hrastovec as part of this final project during Type & Media 2015, and it was released in 2016. In 2016, it has been awarded Type Directors Club’s certificate of Typographic Excellence.

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