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Axia is a sans serif uni-widths of concise letterforms. The type consists of ten weights from light to black, each with italics and small caps. Two display styles, Stencil Light and Stencil Black feature a unique aesthetic. A distinct fragmentation of the letters gives this stencil design its particular character. The type is perfect for captivating big sizes; shapes of abstract floating parts allure the eye and form nicely proportioned type when united.

Originally designed for the Rice University School of Architecture in 2011, this contemporary sans found some inspiration in the TwinCities typeface family created by Sibylle Hagmann for the University of Minnesota in 2003. Axia has been orchestrated from scratch, each the roman and italic weights harmonize perfectly in width without a changing line length. Text set in light or black results in the same, economical fit.

The inner arched strokes off the stem on the lowercase ‘b’ and ‘d’, for example, progressively open the letterforms and express conceptual clarity throughout the system. A feature doing double duty, it contributes to great legibility in heavier weights, and attributes to versatility of individual styles. Axia includes many OpenType features and offers broad language support.

For additional license options like app and enterprise, visit Axia on Type Network.

Type Designer


Kontour is a type design venture with focus on creating original typefaces. Founded by Sibylle Hagmann in 2000, the project started out with a broad spectrum of undertakings in the area of graphic, typographic, and type design. Sibylle Hagmann began her career in Switzerland at the Basel School of Design and explored her passion for anything type related in California, while completing her MFA at CalArts. During this time she developed typefaces, most notably the award winning Cholla family, originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design, and released soon after by the type foundry Emigre in 1999. Cholla was among the winning entries of bukva:raz!, the type design competition of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) in 2001. The typeface family Odile, first published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award in the same year. Sibylle Hagmann’s work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan. Over the years, she presented her work nationally and internationally at typography conferences and educational institutions with occasional workshops.

Licensing Information
The full Adobe Fonts library is cleared for both personal and commercial use.

As with everything from Adobe Fonts, you can use these fonts for:

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Visit Kontour to purchase additional licensing and services, including:
Mobile Apps: Embed fonts in your app UI
Self Hosting: Host web font files on your own server
Custom Services: Request modifications or bespoke fonts directly from the foundry
Volume licensing: Use the fonts across your whole organization
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How to Use

You may encounter slight variations in the name of this font, depending on where you use it. Here’s what to look for.


In application font menus, this font will display:

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To use this font on your website, use the following CSS:

font-family: {{'"', '').replace('",', ', ')}};
font-style: italicnormal;
font-weight: {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.font.web.weight}};

Glyph Support & Stylistic Filters

Fonts in the Adobe Fonts library include support for many different languages, OpenType features, and typographic styles.