Mencken

Designed by Jean François Porchez

Mencken

Collections

Collection Purchase
Mencken 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Narrow 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken Narrow 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Text 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken Text 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Family 14 fonts
Mencken Family
448,00€
Mencken Narrow Family 7 fonts
Mencken Narrow Family
237,00€
Mencken Text Family 14 fonts
Mencken Text Family
448,00€
Mencken Full Family 35 fonts
Mencken Full Family
1 084,00€
Mencken Full Family Try out 35 fonts
Mencken Full Family Try out
0,00€

Styles

Style Purchase
Mencken Regular
Mencken Regular
55,00€
Mencken Italic
Mencken Italic
55,00€
Mencken Book
Mencken Book
55,00€
Mencken Book Italic
Mencken Book Italic
55,00€
Mencken Demi
Mencken Demi
55,00€
Mencken Demi Italic
Mencken Demi Italic
55,00€
Mencken Bold
Mencken Bold
55,00€
Mencken Bold Italic
Mencken Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Extra Bold
Mencken Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Extra Bold Italic
Mencken Extra Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Heavy
Mencken Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Heavy Italic
Mencken Heavy Italic
55,00€
Mencken Black
Mencken Black
55,00€
Mencken Black Italic
Mencken Black Italic
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Light
Mencken Narrow Light
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Regular
Mencken Narrow Regular
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Demi
Mencken Narrow Demi
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Bold
Mencken Narrow Bold
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Extra Bold
Mencken Narrow Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Heavy
Mencken Narrow Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Narrow Black
Mencken Narrow Black
55,00€
Mencken Text Regular
Mencken Text Regular
55,00€
Mencken Text Italic
Mencken Text Italic
55,00€
Mencken Text Book
Mencken Text Book
55,00€
Mencken Text Book Italic
Mencken Text Book Italic
55,00€
Mencken Text Bold
Mencken Text Bold
55,00€
Mencken Text Bold Italic
Mencken Text Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Text Extra Bold
Mencken Text Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Text Extra Bold Italic
Mencken Text Extra Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Text Heavy
Mencken Text Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Text Heavy Italic
Mencken Text Heavy Italic
55,00€
Mencken Text Black
Mencken Text Black
55,00€
Mencken Text Black Italic
Mencken Text Black Italic
55,00€
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  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie
  • Ambroise, designed by Jean Francois Porchez for Typofonderie

Mencken has sixty-three styles, divided into three widths, three optical sizes, romans, italics, borders and dingbats. Generally, optical size typeface families belong to a same common construction. It falls into the same category of type classification, while presenting different x-heights or contrasts. Mencken is unique because it is designed according to different axis and optical sizes. Firstly, Mencken Text is a low-contrast transitional typeface, designed on an oblique axis, asserting horizontal with featuring open counters. Its capitals follow Didots to better harmonize the rest of the family. On the other side of the spectrum, Mencken Head (and narrow variations) is designed on a vertical axis, high contrast, in a contemporary Didot style.

The Mencken is therefore a typeface answering to different sorts of uses, whose design is different according to its uses: from oblique axis in small size to vertical axis in large sizes. Vertical proportions (x-height, capitals height, etc.) were designed to be compatible with Le Monde series and specially Ardoise: small caps, drawn on an intermediate height between the lowercases x-height and capitals, in order to remain present for acronyms or to compose the first line of a paragraph or the words following a drop cap. Lucie Lacava and I followed the idea launched by Matthew Carter few years ago for some of his typefaces intended for publications.

From Baltimore Sun’s project to Typofonderie’s Mencken

It is a bespoke typeface for American newspaper The Baltimore Sun started at the end of 2004 which marks the beginning of this project. The story started with a simple email exchange with Lucie Lacava then in charge of redesigning the American East Coast newspaper. As usual, she was looking for new typeface options in order to distinguish the redesign that she had started. At the time of its implementation, a survey of the newspaper’s readers has revealed that its previous typeface, drawn in the mid-1990s, was unsatisfactory. The Mencken was well received, some reader responses was particularly enjoyable: “It’s easier to read with the new type even though the type is designed by a French.”

Why it is called Mencken?

The name Mencken is a tribute to H. L. Mencken’s journalistic contributions to The Sun. According to the London Daily Mail, Mencken ventured beyond the typewriter into the world of typography. Because he felt Americans did not recognize irony when they read it, he proposed the creation of a special typeface to be called Ironics, with the text slanting in the opposite direction from italic types, to indicate the author’s humour. Affirming his irreverence, the Mencken typeface does not offer these typographic gadgets.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880 — 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the “Sage of Baltimore”, he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements. Source

Pairs Well With

In Use

Project: Variety
Designer: Chris Mihal
Mencken, Mencken Head

Project: Pèlerin magazine
Designer: Marc Guillon
Mencken Mencken Head and Ardoise

Project: Berita Harian by Garcia Media
Designer: Garcia Media
Mencken and Ardoise