Altesse

Designed by Jean François Porchez

Altesse

Collections

Collection Purchase
Altesse Full Family 5 Fonts
Altesse Full Family
179,00€
Altesse Try out 5 fonts
Altesse Try out
0,00€

Styles

Style Purchase
Altesse Regular 96pt
Altesse Regular 96pt
55,00€
Altesse Regular 64pt
Altesse Regular 64pt
55,00€
Altesse Regular 38pt
Altesse Regular 38pt
55,00€
Altesse Regular 24pt
Altesse Regular 24pt
55,00€
Altesse Regular 16pt
Altesse Regular 16pt
55,00€
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Altesse is a typographic adaptation of the scripts engraved by the French copperplate masters from the 19th and 20th centuries. Free from the constraints of metal type, Altesse, designed in 5 optical sizes, allows you to rediscover the pleasure of automated calligraphy. With its thirty-eight OpenType functions and 1557 glyphs, the possibilities are infinite or almost.

Altesse references

With the arrival of copperplate engraving and printing, which gradually replaced the usual uses of calligraphy, typographic styles that imitate writing developed separately from italics. Joseph Gaspard Gillé publishes in 1808 a Recueil des divers caractères, vignettes et ornements. It was necessary to wait for the photocomposition, which prefigures the transition towards the numerical typography, to be completely freed from the metal type.

Altesse design

Altesse is not the revival of a particular reference, it is a contemporary interpretation of various nineteenth-century engraved sources. Its designs are directly influenced by the French copperplate engravings in use over the centuries.

Altesse was designed in 5 optical sizes. The 96 pt version is designed in high contrast with a small x-height while on the other side of the spectrum, the 16 pt version features a large x-height in relativement low contrast.

Schematically, the Altesse glyphs are divided as follows: two sets of capitals, two sets of numbers and lowercase glyphs, punctuation, ornaments and vignettes. The lowercase glyphs are drawn in many variations, with loops, short ascenders, begin, middle, end, individual forms, all embellished with various final endings. The various final endings, as well as ascenders and descenders add-ons can embellish automatically your design. All of this is orchestrated by OpenType features that allow for nuanced use.

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How to use Altesse?

Altesse will accompany your invitation cards, wedding invitations, restaurant and hotel menus, wine labels, stationery, business cards, thank you cards and much more… See our Fonts in use section for more.

Altesse in use

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