Mencken Head

Designed by Jean François Porchez

Mencken Head

Collections

Collection Purchase
Mencken Head 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken Head 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Head Narrow 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken Head Narrow 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Head Compress 4Weights 4 Weights
Mencken Head Compress 4Weights
146,00€
Mencken Head Family 14 fonts
Mencken Head Family
448,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Family 7 fonts
Mencken Head Narrow Family
237,00€
Mencken Head Compress Family 7 fonts
Mencken Head Compress Family
237,00€
Mencken Head Full Family 28 fonts
Mencken Head Full Family
872,00€
Mencken Head Full Family Try out 28 fonts
Mencken Head Full Family Try out
0,00€

Styles

Style Purchase
Mencken Head Regular
Mencken Head Regular
55,00€
Mencken Head Italic
Mencken Head Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Book
Mencken Head Book
55,00€
Mencken Head Book Italic
Mencken Head Book Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Demi
Mencken Head Demi
55,00€
Mencken Head Demi Italic
Mencken Head Demi Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Bold
Mencken Head Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Bold Italic
Mencken Head Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Extra Bold
Mencken Head Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Extra Bold Italic
Mencken Head Extra Bold Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Heavy
Mencken Head Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Head Heavy Italic
Mencken Head Heavy Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Black
Mencken Head Black
55,00€
Mencken Head Black Italic
Mencken Head Black Italic
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Light
Mencken Head Narrow Light
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Regular
Mencken Head Narrow Regular
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Demi
Mencken Head Narrow Demi
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Bold
Mencken Head Narrow Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Extra Bold
Mencken Head Narrow Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Heavy
Mencken Head Narrow Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Head Narrow Black
Mencken Head Narrow Black
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Light
Mencken Head Compress Light
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Regular
Mencken Head Compress Regular
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Demi
Mencken Head Compress Demi
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Bold
Mencken Head Compress Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Extra Bold
Mencken Head Compress Extra Bold
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Heavy
Mencken Head Compress Heavy
55,00€
Mencken Head Compress Black
Mencken Head Compress Black
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 Head and Ardoise