Azote Typeface

Type designer Thomas Jockin designed this typeface based on the famous multi-line graphics of the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. To be clear, Azote is not a direct revival of that event’s typography but rather takes inspiration from the same multi-line concept; as fonts in the Azote family get heavier, the thickness is created with additional lines, similar to the ’68 Games’ logo.

Logo for 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics

Azote Bold Italic, in particular, pulls off this trickier-than-it-sounds idea very nicely. It achieves a clever balance of mass and openness by tempering both with an italic swagger that’s quite pleasing at larger scales (though it would probably be impractical at anything but display sizes). Overall a really nice bit of type design.

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