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Rebelling against the expected standard font styles of regular, bold, italic and bold italic, Knockout is a really versatile sans-serif font that harkens back to the yellow journalism tabloid world of the 19th century. It is great for book and CD covers, headlines and subheadings.
Knockout's organization of widths and weights is rather unique, divided into Junior, Regular, Full and Ultra widths and a boxing themed Flyweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Cruiserweight, Heavyweight, and Sumo letter weights. As usual, Typography.com goes all philosophical on us in describing the virtues of the rock-em sock-em typeface.
Excerpt: "For more than a century before Helvetica, the sans serif landscape was
dominated by unrelated designs. Gothic woodtypes in a dazzling array of
proportions lived comfortably alongside anonymous foundry types, each
design’s integrity the product of its autonomy.
Because none of these
faces were intended to relate to one another, none of their design
characteristics were beholden to any external constraints: what worked
for a supercondensed boldface need only work for that design, not also
for the extrawide light face whose design afforded different
possibilities and faced different challenges. This sort of “situational”
approach to type design allowed for more varied and interesting
designs, and it’s this approach that Knockout celebrates.
functional benefits of a family that’s well-organized, and the visual appeal of styles that are individually designed,
Knockout’s nine-width, four-weight family offers a range of voices
that’s impossible to achieve with even the best Modernist sans serifs."