The graphic designer and author, Philippe Buschinger was invited to present his new book during a lecture on February 2013. It was at the Centre Pompidou during the Book Machine project, an event of the fourth edition of the New festival 2013 Centre Pompidou and during which he shared his enthusiasm for the Blackletter, from its use to the reasons of its very frequent use in the contemporary urban landscape!
The question of harmony between the form, the layout, and the content of a book is one of the most recurrent and fundamental questions in graphic design. This problem is the same than is character design. Have the support of the information to be invisible to convey it better, like a crystal glass, or can it have a personality that serves the content? In our recent readings three books arised that illustrate this question quite well. They beneficiate all three of a very polished but original layout work that allows not just to transmit the content but to amplify it.
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.
Since we moved earlier this month, some friends asked to see how looklike our new place. Here it is in images. We are still in Clamart but closer to the train station which is about 6 minutes by train from the Gare Montparnasse. The team is very happy with the move, great space, good lighting, and a bonus room dedicated to our library, including a comfortable sofa, we all promised to use in order to fall asleep with a good book about typography in hands.
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.
In a couple of days, we will publish the first no-porchez typeface family. This forthcoming family is a sort of slab serif with trace of writing on it. Its not a revival or a pure old style, more a contemporary typeface, a synthesis of various ideas combined. Obviously you will know everything about the designer and the typeface later, but we will have to wait a bit more for that.
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.