ADC Awards

The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its 99th year, these Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, packaging, motion and digital media, all with a focus on craftsmanship and innovation.


Kris Sowersby

Director & Lead Type Designer

Klim Type Foundry (Klim)

Wellington, New Zealand

Kris leads the award-winning Klim Type Foundry based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has received numerous accolades during his career, including: being named an ADC Young Gun in 2010; various awards for typographic excellence from TDC New York & Tokyo; becoming a member of the prestigious AGI in 2013; receiving the John Britten Black Pin from the Designers Institute of New Zealand in 2015; and being bestowed an NZ Art Laureate award in 2019. In partnership with Alt Group, Klim received a 2019 ADC award for “There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface”, an exhibition about typography and its relationship to national identity. Kris has designed custom fonts for clients such as The Financial Times, PayPal and National Geographic. His foundry’s ethos is “a thing well made”; their typefaces combine historical knowledge with rigorous contemporary craft. Kris and his team enjoy pushing the boundaries of what a modern type foundry is.




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