COLLINS has released Kernit, a free typeface inspired by the work and characters created by the late Jim Henson. The typeface was developed as part of COLLINS' initial design exploration for The Jim Henson Exhibition at The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
As part of their work helping to build the exhibitions, the COLLINS team immersed themselves in Henson's work, from his early film experiments, to the Muppets and his later work with productions like Dark Crystal. The typeface was created to capture the same imagination, fun and whimsy which the company came to love in Henson's vivid world. It was also inspired by the bold, playful, rounded typography of the late seventies, which was so apparent in much of the Henson work.
The typeface has two display weights: Kernit Bold and Kernit Outline. The fonts are designed to be used interchangeably to bring visual rhythm to layouts, much like the "Anything Muppets" built by Henson and his team for use on the breakthrough children's television series Sesame Street.