Condensed by design, Pilot is an informal jobbing typeface for short texts and striking display use – e.g. headlines, posters, book jackets or packaging. The angular design and handmade character contributes to a slightly nostalgic feel reminiscent of sign painter-style lettering, especially in the bold italics.
Latvian-born Aleksandra Samuļenkova started the design in 2012 during her studies in the Type & Media program at the KABK in The Hague. The result is a family of 10 styles – five weights with corresponding italics, all with a ‘slim fit’. Contextual alternates for ‘j’, ‘t’ or ‘f’ enable even tighter settings of tricky letter combinations. Naturally, Pilot’s character set covers all Eastern and Western European languages based on the Latin script. Small Caps are available in two variants: standard as well as raised and underlined, resembling traditional catchwords and logotypes in analog type.
Bringing Pilot full circle, it is one of the very few contemporary typefaces that are also available as metal type (Black Italic capitals, figures and punctuation in 24 pt, available from Swamp Press) after winning first prize at the Fine Press Book Association’s inaugural Student Type Design Competition in 2013.
The Fine Press Book Association’s
inaugural Student Type Design Competition 2013 winner
Pilot supports the following languages
Afrikaans, Albanian, Asu, Basque, Bemba, Bena, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chiga, Colognian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Embu, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gusii, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kalaallisut, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Luo, Luxembourgish, Luyia, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Meru, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Rombo, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Sango, Sangu, Scottish Gaelic, Sena, Shambala, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Taita, Teso, Tongan, Turkish, Turkmen, Upper Sorbian, Uzbek, Vunjo, Walser, Welsh, Western Frisian, Zulu
Type Directors Club
Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2017 winner