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Labil Grotesk

A domino effect is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. The term is best known as a mechanical effect and is used as an analogy to a falling row of dominoes.
Lability refers to something that is constantly undergoing change or something that is likely to undergo change. Compounds or materials that are easily transformed are termed labile.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is infamously known worldwide for its accidental tilt. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square.
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The juxtaposition of the balance inherent in sans-serif letterforms and the notion of text being affected by the laws of gravity is a central theme for KOMETA’s first release, which comes in two subfamilies. Labil Grotesk, an enfant terrible of the contemporary neo-grotesque genre; with subtly, yet comically exaggerated proportions and Stabil Grotesk—the dependable sibling with distinctly fine-tuned eccentricities.

Mixing formal cues from the archetypal Swiss grotesques with intentionally lopsided features render the text seemingly succumbing to its own weight; with letters looking like real objects—falling down or leaning against each other. Try the basic character set below or request a free trial using the KOMETA Trials form.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its unintended 4° tilt.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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The Pisa tower is the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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The Leaning Tower of Wanaka leans–intentionally–at 53 degrees to the ground.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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The tower is situated in the famous square behind the Pisa Cathedral.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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The seventh floor—built by Tommaso di Andrea Pisano—was completed in 1319.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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There are 7 bells, one for each note of the musical major scale.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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2 German churches have challenged the world’s most lop-sided building.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.
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In the 18th century it ceased to be used for defensive purposes.
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For a full list of features and characters, refer to a PDF specimen below.

About the typeface

The origin of Labil Grotesk goes back to a typeface done as a master’s thesis project nominated for Czech National Award for Student Design 2016. Encouraged by the reception, Christian Jánský set out to remaster the whole family—leaving the concept intact. After 3 years of development, it is finally available in 8 weights (Hairline–Black) and 2 subfamilies, with a myriad of alternates conveniently categorised into 8 stylistic sets.

What started out as a first foray into typeface design evolved into a comprehensive sans-serif family of 32 multilingual fonts–supporting Latin Extended-A, i.e. Western European, Central European & Southeastern European languages–plus a wealth of contextual alternates, bonus glyphs and case-sensitive forms easily accessible via OpenType.

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Info

Weights
Hairline, Fine, Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black
Language Support
Latin Extended-A
License
Fair use—installing on up to 3 computer stations & self-hosting on small to medium-scale websites (less than 20k visitors/mo.) allowed. For more information, refer to KOMETA EULA.
Version
1.3 (Initial release—November 2018)

Features

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Labil alternates
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Alternate lowercase a
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Alternate lowercase g
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Alternate lowercase l
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Alternate uppercase R
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Alternate uppercase K
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Alternate punctuation
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Display alternates
case
Case-sensitive forms
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Discretionary ligatures
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Contextual alternates
pnum
Proportional figures
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Tabular figures
zero
Slashed zero
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Superscript
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Numerators
dnom
Denominators
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Fractions
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Ordinals

Featured Glyphs

Full charset upon request
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Purchase Labil Grotesk

Labil Grotesk comes in two subfamilies—sharing the bulk of the character set, yet differing in few key glyphs. The good news is: buy one weight and get both flavours, i.e. buy Labil Grotesk Regular and get Stabil Grotesk Regular for free. A variable font seamlessly alternating between both Weight & Stability axes is included free of charge if you buy the full family.

Individual Weights

Discounted Bundles

Labil Grotesk is sold exclusively through KOMETA—get in touch if you wish to purchase a bundle of weights not listed above. All purchases come with both desktop & web font self-hosting licenses for small to medium-sized projects—up to 3 desktop stations & websites with ≤20k visitors/mo. For more information, refer to KOMETA EULA.