Koning originated as a high-contrast version of Luc(as) de Groot’s own Corpid family of fonts, to satisfy a newspaper customer who wanted just a bit more difference between the thin and thick strokes. The high contrast required a new shape language, and, over time, a new name. Koning Display, with ten weights, has the highest contrast; Koning Text, with eight weights, has a medium contrast, which means it works well in small sizes. Koning is Dutch for »king«.

Statement of the jury

Koning is a special font of great expressiveness and strong individuality which, with no less than eight line widths from light to high-contrast bold, also offers a wide range of applications. An impressive piece of work with a lot of precision in the detail.


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