In use: La Belle Juliette

La Belle Juliette, Emmanuel Blondiau, Le Monde Sans, Le Monde Livre

La Belle Juliette is a new hotel located in Paris’s Latin quarter. The hotel owners have worked closely with Emmanuel Blondiau, a talented graphic designer (under his company, Neutre) based in Belgium. Within months of collaboration, he built a magnificent graphic identity for this hotel, mainly using typography, revisiting the past and tradition.

Roger Excoffon,

Roger Excoffon

The confident and keen gaze of Roger Excoffon spoke volumes; his place in French typographic and graphic design history spans generations, some rejecting his work, while others, often more recent, venerating his vision and the visual force of his work. In my beginnings, as a student at the end of the 1980s, Mistral, Banco and Choc were lumped among the tacky fonts that should only have been used for parodying the shop window of a provincial butcher, baker or hair salon. At least that was the view of graphic designers, design instructors, journalists, etc. of the time. To recap the well-worn banter of that era’s agencies and studios: Excoffon’s typefaces were not modern.

Lectures + workshop in Los Angeles

Jean François Porchez Lecture, Otis College, Aiga, Los Angeles, February, 2012

After a week in Seattle, Jean François was invited in Los Angeles. The welcome was fantastic. Kali Nikitas, Chair of the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design concocted a short program including a typeface workshop, a critic session in the type design program…

Trip to the KABK

Typofonderie Thierry Fétiveau KABK

I am currently doing an internship at Typofonderie and passionate about drawing letters. I inquired about the courses dedicated to typography and a school caught my eye: the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten or shorter, the KABK located in The Hague Netherlands. I heard of the 28 January 2012 open day and decided to go, armed with my little Renault Clio, my camera and my curiosity for everything related to the design of letters.