April 8, 2016

Varanus is an allcaps sans-serif titling font, originally made in a single day as a square variation of Moloch, from which it initially took all its letterforms. It's considerably less condensed, and replaces Moloch's round forms with angular and squared ones. It quickly took on its own life and became quite different from its ancestor. The page headings on Datarama are set in Varanus.

Like Moloch, it also has a distinctly 20th Century Industrial Gothic aesthetic. Simple, angular and brutalist, it has a similar look to typefaces like Eurostile, Bank Gothic and Agency (by all of which it takes inspiration). I've tried to stay true to the retro-futuristic aesthetic of all these.

It's named after a genus of very large, highly intelligent predatory lizards.


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