Angie was the first typeface created by Jean François Porchez, started during his design school years in 1989. At the time the design was created by hands on tracing paper. Few months later, the one weight font was submitted to the Morisawa Awards and won the Brattinga prize in 1990.
The pre-version of Angie. A set of caps in bold version was design for a school project. 6 cm high on Scraperboard
Quickly, Jean François decided to make a slightly different version of Angie. Cutting out the serifs of Angie, Jean François tried to keep its humanistic and calligraphic taste in mind. Not just in the structure of the alphabet itself but in the curves and the outside path. The result is called a sans but, because of its incised shapes, is closer to garaldes serif typefaces than to modern sans families. Thus, Angie Sans shares some similarities with Optima by Herman Zapf and Pascal by José Mendoza. Angie Sans was among the first fonts released in 1994 by Typofonderie.
2012 it’s time for a relaunch. Years passed, and this first typeface needed a new youth. In an other hand, the OpenType format allows for few years fonts to go PRO. Most of the typofonderie typefaces already went PRO, but it wasn’t the case for Angie Sans. Yet. Mathieu Réguer who joint Typofonderie in 2009, adjusted the outlines — as the shapes have been destroyed from the move from Ikarus to Fontographer — and expended the family for OpenType under the eyes of its genitor in order to recreate a nice family ready for the future. Now Angie Sans have a much wider language support, small caps, various sets of figures, case sensitive punctuation, automatic fractions and some ornaments. Taking advantage of redesigning it, we decided to add a new weight to the family. And here is the brand new Demi.
With its capitals based on Roman proportions, lowercases featuring open counters, strong horizontals, Angie Sans is a legible typeface. The manual gesture is present in Angie Sans, which offer the plastic qualities such as warmth, craftmanship and humanity. Angie Sans is an Incised Garalde who works well for display as text settings. Available in 6 series, with matching italics, various set of figures, ligatures, Angie Sans will work well in design projects where delicate and human touch is required.