Published by Atelier Perrousseaux, this voluminous opus History of typographic writing: the 19th century French style, of nearly 400 pages is once again an erudite body of work with a great wealth of information. It covers not only what is most famous & important in French typography in the 19th Century, like the Didot family characters (which take central stage in the book) but also aspects which are sometimes rather under-valued: for example, the influence of English typography on the French type designers of the time, the importance of the rebirth of the Elzévirs (old face) or the invention of fancy characters.
Xavier Dupré is a world-renowned type designer. After studying calligraphy and typography at the Scriptorium de Toulouse, France, he collaborated with Ladislas Mandel. Since then, he has established himself in Cambodia where he designs typefaces with as much freedom as possible. He appreciates Licko’s creativity, as much as the fluidity and calligraphic tensions in Slimbach’s works, and the simplicity of the design of Carter or Unger. Xavier began type design on screen but then moved back to pencil drawings on tracing paper and even painting with gouache. This allowed him to sharpen his eye. He published Mislab with Typofonderie in 2013. Dàvid Ranc interviewed him for Typofonderie’s Gazette.
Presenting 50 years of type design was not an easy task. Albert Boton’s career was indeed long and very prolific. He was born in 1932 in Paris. His father was a carpenter so he grew up in the smell of glue and wood chips. Nothing predisposed him to become a type designer and yet that’s when he joined his father’s workshop that he discover type design.
Its interesting to see a group of students producing a video about font piracy in design schools. Conducting interviews of various people from students — who actually use illegal fonts — to typeface designers, teachers and so on. Its a good topic about something that many people doing everyday (& not only students), without speaking and saying anything about it. Based on what I have understand from this nice video, is that learning more about the value of typefaces will help a lot. A step to the right direction.
Stéphane Elbaz is graphic and type designer. In 2009 he was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club of New York for his type family Geneo recently published by Typofonderie. He is the first typeface designer outside the foundry to be published by Typofonderie. It seems to be interesting and necessary to interview him.
Cyrus Highsmith, type designer working for the Font Bureau, just published Inside Paragraphs: typographic fundamentals, a book about fine type setting. Thinking the reader is not an idiot, Cyrus Highsmith doesn’t just tell how to do things, but explains why it has to be like that. A must-have for all the graphic-designers.
Typocamp is the result of a joint initiative of the Foundry (Digital Agency of Île-de-France), Silicon Xperience and Graffr, within the Futur en Seine festival. It is a type manifestation of a new kind posing as challenge of creating and staging typography in 48 hours in the fields of print, web and animation. We have also noted the presence as a type design team from the Velvetyne type foundry. The first edition took place on 22, 23 and 24 June at the Cantine.
The moment a magazine is created is always an important event, specially when this one is French and is broadcasting abroad. The Shelf Journal has been created by Colin Caradec and Morgane Rébulard, both less than 25 years old and graduated from École Estienne.
I am currently doing an internship at Typofonderie, you may have already seen the article I wrote: Escape to the KABK describing the open doors of this school. Well, once again, I took a new short break in February 2012 to discover a type design course. I went to the ESAD in Amiens, the city of beets, brick walls and cold.
The confident and keen gaze of Roger Excoffon spoke volumes; his place in French typographic and graphic design history spans generations, some rejecting his work, while others, often more recent, venerating his vision and the visual force of his work. In my beginnings, as a student at the end of the 1980s, Mistral, Banco and Choc were lumped among the tacky fonts that should only have been used for parodying the shop window of a provincial butcher, baker or hair salon. At least that was the view of graphic designers, design instructors, journalists, etc. of the time. To recap the well-worn banter of that era’s agencies and studios: Excoffon’s typefaces were not modern.