The design of Kevlar was initially inspired by a few specific letters within an obscure logo of a radio company. The upper half of these letters appeared to be a sans whilst the lower half seemed to blend a slab serif with the fluidity of an upright script. First came Kevlar Bold in 2003, closely followed by a text weight Kevlar Regular. The original source of inspiration was revisited to develop the third and most ideosyncratic weight, Kevlar Slab.
Letterbox is a graphic design studio in Melbourne that specialise in custom type design to create a unique brand identity for distinctiveness and recognition. The studio cross-pollinates client-commissioned projects (identity, signage, publications, custom fonts) and studio-commissioned projects (independent publishing, typeface design, lectures, forums, tours and exhibitions). We embrace research and curiosity in all our projects.
Letterbox began life in a corner milk-bar in Northcote in 1991. Three years later it moved into Carlow House, one of the key creative buildings in the then-fledgling artist community of Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The studio remained there for 14 years before moving to larger studios in the renown Hardwick Building. It now occupies a custom-designed studio in Brunswick.
Over the years our design team has included Endré Berentzen, Wendy Ellerton, Tom Hall, Lan Huang, Sam Hughes, Claire Ghyzel, Daniel Lindh, Tim Mang, Nina Mujdzic, Niels Oeltjen, Nicola Schwandner and Heather Walker – as well as many interns. These have come from an assortment of places – Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, France and, yes, even Melbourne.