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Kyiv*Type Sans (free font)

The sans-serif typeface KyivType Sans on a mobile phone in a headline, body text, a pull quote and the labels of a button and navigation.

Sans-serif typeface

by Dmitry Rastvortsev

25 instances (styles)

7 weights from Thin to Black, almost all of them in four different contrasts.

Variable Font

3 axes (weight, contrast, midline), try it out

License for web/app usage

Free

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

Specialty

The extended type family with a titling, a serif and the sans style.

My thoughts on Kyiv*Type Sans

Kyiv*Type by Dmitry Rastvortsev is a fascinating type series designed for Kyiv city identification. It caught my attention as a variable font, offering a lot of room for typographic expression with a weight, width and midline axis. The letter forms are pretty distinct and some features are very unusual – like the g with its vertical ear, the triangular dots on the i, or the bend at the y. I love how contrasting it can become, especially in the bolder weights.

I’m always mesmerized by these kinds of variable font animations … Image by Dmitry Rastvortsev

All this makes Kyiv*Type Sans ideal for expressive display text. For a little body text it will work, but since some letter shapes are very attention grabbing, I would not recommend using it for very text heavy applications. It will look very noisy very quickly and distract from the content. The same goes for functional text – it’s rather wide and also a bit too much there. Also check out the even punchier companions Kyiv*Type Serif and Kyiv*Type Titling, which truly make this a type super family.

But what do you think? Is Kyiv*Type Sans something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  1. This Kyiv, especially Serif and Titling is very on its own. One of these personalities with strong statements, integrity. If I should choose a zodiac sign for Kyiv, it would be Aries or Taurus. I think I’m going to use some of the numbers or letter(s) alone, from the Serif, to serve not in a body text/headlines but as a design detail. The Sans version is okay for the copy!
    St. Petersburg? And I’ve expected you in the South, where the Sun shines. Com’ ooon

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