The creation of Koning dates back to May 2004, when it made his first appearance in a – back then very “en vogue” – MultipleMaster font within the Agro family, which had been commissioned years before by Studio Dumbar for the Dutch department of agriculture. A certain client was interested in a different version of Agro with different weights and a bit more contrast. So, Luc(as) went on to create styles of Agro with a lot of contrast – a contrasted Sans was not as popular then as it is these days – that he was able to interpolate with the low contrast version. With this MultipleMaster font, the client was able to choose the amount of weight and contrast himself to his specific needs. From there on Agro got commercialized, enlarged to a big family with different widths and renamed Corpid. Corpid Contrast never saw the light of publication though.
Over the years Corpid Contrast experienced many renditions and different directions it could have been taken in. At some point, we created a version with an even higher amount of contrast for a new direction the family was heading in. While the MultipleMaster font format vanished from our computers, the MultipleMaster production files kept pursuing the task of comfortable type design – well, at least as long as you are not working in RoboFont. Corpid Contrast left the holy Corpid MultipleMaster world and graduated to his own files with the two different contrast families.
New colleagues and new ideas helped the blossoming of Corpid Contrast. It split in two directions, one optimized for text, and one for display sizes. With these two options, each part was able to focus better on its job. While the display style gained eye-pleasing details and lost unnecessary space, the text styles lost all trivialities to perform well in text.
The reworking of the shapes led to losing more and more connection with the original Corpid, while the italics were about to change even more dramatically. In the end, the italics took on a completely new point of view in terms of construction and feeling. To resemble the elegance, yet subtle spikiness we decided on giving them a different spin than in the original Corpid. With time Corpid Contrast outran its heritage and went on to become something completely different – something new. Therefore, we decided on giving it a different name: Koning, which is Dutch for king.
In November 2019, we released the first of the Koning families: Koning Display. We’ll soon follow it up with Koning Text. Letters for Greek and every language using the Cyrillic script are being worked on while you are reading this. Koning Display has ten weights, ranging from UltraLight through Black, and each has an Italic.
Koning provides pretty much every kind of figures – hanging, lining, and even small-cap-sized – all in proportional and tabular variants. Koning serves your typographical needs with small caps (only in Koning Text), standard and discretionary ligatures, smart contextual replacements (e.g., the separator 15:35), a full range of superiors, inferiors, nominators, denominators, case-sensitive punctuation and two(!) sets of fractions, two sets of arrows, stylistic alternatives, and even more.