Geneo, a new design by Stéphane Elbaz

Geneo designed by Stéphane Elbaz for Typofonderie

Geneo, designed by Stéphane Elbaz, is a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography, a slab serif constructed on an oblique axis. Its subtle contrast evokes both Renaissance elegance and the robustness of the Egyptian typefaces that were in vogue during the 19th century. Geneo falls halfway between the classic styles of Garamond and Fournier, with aspects of contemporary slab serifs. From this blend of styles and genres, it emerges with a singular identity perfectly suited for modern illustrations of quality, savoir-faire, and culture.

Typeface designer to come

Forthcoming typeface: Collaboration is also a very useful way to take distance from your own design

In a couple of days, we will publish the first no-porchez typeface family. This forthcoming family is a sort of slab serif with trace of writing on it. Its not a revival or a pure old style, more a contemporary typeface, a synthesis of various ideas combined. Obviously you will know everything about the designer and the typeface later, but we will have to wait a bit more for that.

Le Monde Sans Pro and its new g

Le Monde Sans Pro by Typofonderie

Le Monde Sans is a sanserif based on Le Monde Journal — a practice that become commonplace from early nineties. Designed originally in 1994 for the Le Monde newspapers (they switched to standard fonts in 2005), it was expended over the years to the large family we know today. As many others members of the extensive Le Monde family, Le Monde Sans was revamped for the relaunch of Typofonderie website. The good surprise is that you can enjoy Le Monde Sans in its exclusive Pro version for almost the price of the STD version…

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.