In December 2003, typofonderie.com was relaunched after a major redesign from scratch for the first time in its existence. This new version of the website is a major step who let us able to manage the content online directly and more easily. It was the only way to propose in the future, OpenType families too. This time, rather than doing most of the design himself, Jean François Porchez asked to Jérôme Vogel to do it. So, we contacted him to learn more about the process.
Online version of the recent exhibit on Jean François Porchez typefaces
In 2003, we launched a new website in French, www.typographe.com where a team (opened to all francophone, from Belgium to Canada) publishes various news on typography during the year. The intention of this platform is to become the dominant tool to compile most of things happened in France related to typography. Indeed, visitors are allowed to post their comments.
As France is categorized as Latin country, we’re always interested to see what happens in other Latin countries. It looks like we have something in common, culturally, with respect to Italy, Portugal and Spain, perhaps; but in fact less with Latin America countries.
There are two common approaches to typeface design. The first is to design a new typeface to your personal taste, following your own rules or restrictions; and distribute it either through a type distributor or directly. The second is to work for a particular client on a commission. Besides the fact that the financial aspect is more secure, this method offers an opportunity to design a typeface following a very narrow design brief, suggested by the client or governed by the client’s particular needs and uses. Technical, historical or design considerations are all quite difficult to imagine if you design a typeface for your own use.
C’est une petite commande de logotype, venant d’un ex étudiant de Jean François Porchez, Kamy Pakdel, depuis Directeur Artistique des éditions Autrement. Le travail a eu lieu durant l’été 2002, il était intéressant d’y revenir, du fait de l’omni présence de la forme typographique, un cas d’école en quelque sorte.
It becomes increasingly difficult to write a comprehensive report year after year, because they all seem close to identical, as if nothing really new appears each year in France. I do not wish to say that there are no initiatives! Many small events are organized during the year, and more will take place.
The Scriptorium de Toulouse was founded in 1968 by Andre Vernette, assisted by Bernard Arin during the first two years. The Scriptorium’s immediate aim was to restore education in lettering, in the setting of a local fine arts school.
Originally published in 2001, in 2008 this article is already historical. How many website survived from this period? Even if we don’t refer to the design who changed dramatically, thanks to the CSS, the websites who still updated should be today considered as anscetors, such Typographer or the MS typography page to take to very different sources (a simple blog and a page from a major corporation).
One hundred years ago, during the evening of the 22nd of December 1900, the students of the “Illumination” class at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and their tutor and mentor, Edward Johnston gathered together in their second floor classroom…