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The Nixin Typeface is inspired by the famous Nixie tubes from the 50's that were used to display numbers in electronic gadgets.
The Nixin Typeface is inspired by the famous Nixie tubes from the 50's that were used to display numbers in electronic gadgets.
The Nixin Typeface is inspired by the famous Nixie tubes from the 50's that were used to display numbers in electronic gadgets.
123 backers pledged CHF 6,150 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all Kickstarter backers who made the Nixin typeface come to light!
If you discover the Nixin after the project ends, you can order on the Kinobrand website.

NIXIN – TYPEFACE DESIGN

A nixie tube is a technology from the 50’s used to display numerals that are composed by metal filaments that light up much like a lamp bulb. Due to their beauty these little numerals (0-9) are a love case for any designer, and formally it’s where the inspiration for the Nixin typeface came from.

All the other typeface characters and weights (Extra Light / Normal / Bold) are an interpretation from the original 10 numerals, always keeping the same minimalistic spirit and formal elegance. Nixin is a geometric / regular typeface, with a vintage touch and a bit of modernism.

Evenness is the driven philosophy for Nixin, but “typefaces are not soldiers in an army” (*Erik Spiekermann), and it's the subtle variations that keep different characters interesting and give Nixin a strong personality. Being a geometric sans and due to its characteristics this typeface is highly legible in small sizes, but it stands particularly well as a display typeface where we can appreciate its details and construction, in particular the brackets and corners that always have the same curvature, regardless of the weight.

What's special about Nixin?

Simply put, the original nixie tubes are beautiful and retro. They bring us the spirit of an era where technology often looked like magic.

Nixin is based on the original 9 numbers that are exactly the same as can be found inside the nixie tubes, and all the other characters are my interpretation to what they would look like, if they existed inside a tube.

Why Kickstarter?

I Started this project in 2011 as a side project, but client work always got priority, and somehow Nixin got "lost" in the drawer until now.
Every month, we have requests from designers and Nixin lovers asking where they can buy the typeface, and unfortunately I always have to answer that the typeface is not finished yet. It's time to change that!

This kickstarter project will help me set up some time apart to dedicate for the typeface without worrying about having to find client work to pay the bills. 

 

 Nixin is minimalist and is based on two fundamental shapes: the circle and the rectangle that determine its behavior in multiple variations.

 

 

 

 

 

 Character set:
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Tshirt:

Nixin Tshirt
Nixin Tshirt

 
Delivery dates: The higher stage rewards have delivery dates later than others, as they have more weights included, but we'll be shipping the typefaces as soon as they are ready.
    
Example: You pledged for Stage 04, with an estimated delivery date for Oct 2016. I'll send you everything shared in the lower pledges as soon as they are ready so you can enjoy the typeface sooner, and the complete full reward by Oct 2016.

Risks and challenges

This is a very low risk project, as it doesn't depend on any external factors to get delivered.
It's only a matter of time, and the biggest risk of this project is having some small delays on the delivery schedule.

Nixin will be ready for the public, regardless of the success of this kickstarter campaign.

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    Pledge CHF 2 or more About $2.07

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    - Digital Poster with the Nixin Typeface

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    Stage 03.5

    - Digital Poster with the Nixin Typeface

    - 5 Weights
    (Nixin Xlight / Light / Normal / Bold / Xbold) + Italics.

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    Stage 04

    - Digital Poster with the Nixin Typeface

    - Nixin Tshirt

    - 5 Weights
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    Pledge CHF 250 or more About $259

    Stage 05

    - Digital Poster with the Nixin Typeface

    - Nixin Tshirt

    - 5 Weights
    (Nixin Xlight / Light / Normal / Bold / Xbold) + Italics.

    - Webfonts
    (Nixin Xlight / Light / Normal / Bold / Xbold) + Italics.

    - Special Pictogram Character
    (I'll design one special pictogram in exclusive for you, styled as the Nixin about any subject you tell me)

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    Pledge CHF 3,500 or more About $3,627

    Stage 06

    - Digital Poster with the Nixin Typeface

    - Nixin Tshirt

    - 5 Weights
    (Nixin Xlight / Light / Normal / Bold / Xbold) + Italics.

    - Webfonts
    (Nixin Xlight / Light / Normal / Bold / Xbold) + Italics.

    - Special Pictogram Character
    (I'll design one special pictogram in exclusive for you, styled as the Nixin about any subject you tell me)

    - I'll travel anywhere in the world* and spend a day with you talking about Design, organizing a workshop, or a feeding kangaroos**.

    Yes, travel expenses are included on the pledge.

    *Excluding war zones, so it includes Antartica, the Amazon Jungle, or Mars.
    **If Kangaroos are available where you live.

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