“Kade” is the Dutch word for the last name of the typeface’s designer, David Quay. The design emerged after Quay spent years observing and photographing industrial letters that were cut in metal and attached to the facades of hangars and the sides of ships. Technical limitations informed the shapes’ idiosyncrasies, with unexpected, tense curves and transitions creating a striking appearance.
The italics were constructed by tilting the roman characters eight degrees instead of slanting them, the usual starting point. Retype’s founder, Ramiro Espinoza, recently expanded Kade with four new styles and additional language support, giving the family additional range. Kade brings a strong, contemporary personality to identity and branding projects, and feels equally at ease in editorial and display use.
Like all Retype fonts, Kade can be licensed 24/7—for print, web, mobile apps, and ePubs. are available for desktop, web, app. Webfonts may be tested for thirty days and desktop trials are available upon request. Have a licensing question? Get in touch. To stay current on all things Retype and Type Network, subscribe to the Type Network News, our occasional newsletter featuring releases, foundry happenings, type and design events, and more.