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Newlyn’s irresistible take on a timeless classic

Celebrate the spirit of Cooper Black with New Kansas.

For nearly three decades Miles Newlyn has been designing custom and retail typefaces with rounded, soft endings. The world-renowned typeface for the Tate galleries in London and the families New Atten Round, New Rubrik, New Zen, and New Farm are the most notable examples. The genesis of all this work was an elliptical, seriffed blackletter Newlyn designed in 1993. That typeface was in turn inspired by Cooper Black, but Newlyn’s newest release, designed in collaboration wit Leo Philp and Riccardo Oloco, truly revisits the beloved classic.

Cooper Black and New Kansas

The glyph shapes in New Kansas are clearly different than Cooper. New Kansas has an improved harmony across weights, besides being better proportioned and more evenly spaced.


Cooper Black has been the belle of the ball for nearly a century, and its magnetic personality and charming quirks continue to draw attention. But there’s a new kid on the block sure to turn heads. New Kansas keeps things light and casual but is polished and well-rounded enough for a family dinner. Comfortable in its own outlines, it can laugh about itself while entertaining everyone else.

New Kansas waterfall and pairing

Available in seven weights and with Stylistic Alternates, New Kansas carries the message from heavy to light. Paired above with Duos Rounded.


The “Kansas” in the name is an homage to the U.S. state where Cooper Black’s designer Oswald Cooper was raised. Rooted in the heartland, New Kansas grew into a full-fledged family with consistency through shapes, styles, and weight distribution. And it’s ready for the future with a variable version available upon request. Looking for some fun? Take New Kansas for a spin. But be forewarned – it might steal your heart.

New Kansas in use

The serifs of New Kansas expand smoothly.


News flash: Get in touch with us at info@typenetwork.com if you would like to test or license the variable version, or if you have any questions about this exciting new font format. Like all Newlyn fonts, New Kansas is available for print, web, applications, and ePub licensing. Webfonts may be tested free for thirty days; desktop trials are available upon request. To stay current on all things Newlyn, subscribe to Type Network News, our occasional newsletter featuring font releases, foundry happenings, type and design events, and more.