Angus by Black [Foundry]
Name: Angus
Designer: Elliott Amblard

Release Date: April 2018

Back Story: Angus is a rounded, multiplexed sans serif whose letters share the same width from one style to another—making it possible to switch up weights within a paragraph without the text reflowing. Its square, controlled design creates a nice tension with its rounded stems. Though rounded type is often seen as “not as noble as others, and full of clichés,” according to Elliot Amblard, typeface designer, Angus is a refreshing take on the genre.

Part of Amblard’s goal in creating Angus was to draw a rounded typeface from scratch, rather than rounding an existing one. “The main idea was to design something both cheerful and serious,” he says. “Texts set in bold weights [of Angus] look generous and playful, whereas texts set in the lightest weights are softer and speak with a quieter voice.” 

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Why’s it called Angus? “We needed a name that would show off the rounded nature of the letterforms,” says Amblard. “We picked up some key letters like the lowercase “n” and “s,” and the uppercase “A,” because this group has vertical, diagonal, and round stems. Finally we ended up with the word Angus, which contains all these characters.” Not to mention that it makes a nice pun when combined with the foundry name Black.

What are its distinguishing characteristics? The family includes five weights, from light to extra bold, with corresponding italics. Each style has a distinct look and conveys a very different feeling. The short descender of the lowercase “j,” the curved ending of the lowercase “t” and the prominence of dots on lowercases “i” and “j,” are appealing in display sizes and bring a pleasing rhythm and legibility to the typeface when used in text sizes. The uppercase “G” has a great deal of personality, and the monospacing means the capital “I” features broad, assertive serifs (even though, as noted, this is a sans serif typeface). Angus includes a wide range of unexpected ligatures such as “ri,” “rt” and “ir” which improve word shapes and contribute to an overall smoother visual aspect. 

What should I use it for? With its sunny look, Angus is a perfect match for any casual communication. It is particularly suited for projects related to entertainment and performs well on packaging and digital content.

What other typefaces do you like to pair it with? To break the monospace rhythm and add a hearty dose of contrast to its rounded letterforms, try combining Angus with the brutalist serif typeface Bluu Suuperstar, also available from Black[Foundry], which features sharp, prominent triangular wedges on serifs and terminals.