Squarish forms of Metal are a nod to the modernist grotesque types of 20th century, such as Microgramma, Eurostile, or Bank Gothic. As a result, the typeface is very much akin to both brutalist architecture and 1970s sci-fi visual culture.
The typeface has nine widths: from the almost normal, to the very vast and display one. The wide proportions are emphasized by the distinctive ascenders (very short) and descenders (tucked above the baseline).
Both Latin and Cyrillic include ligatures and alternate forms, including ones with conventional ascenders and upright italic forms.
Shorter ascenders and descenders, closed aperture, and dense metrics allow Metal for making vertically compact text blocks — while there’s always plenty of air left on the inside.
Pizza Typefaces is an enterprise of Adrien Midzic and Luc Borho, founded in 2018. The two got acquainted as teenagers, living in Southern France, both passionate about graffiti and drawing letters. After graduating from art school, Adrien and Luc moved to Paris and decided to release retail fonts under a shared brand.
Adrien Midzic, the author of Metal, is a French type and graphic designer with a background in graffiti and street art. Apart from Latin, Adrien works with Cyrillic and Hangul script. He has designed bespoke typefaces for Mane SA, Penguin Books USA, and Creasenso.
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