Type@Paris: apply to the summer 2015 typeface design program in Paris

Type@Paris: apply to the summer 2015 typeface design program in Paris

Since many years, graphic designers, customers ask us questions about where they could learn to create typefaces without taking a year off at MATD or KABK. This is in order to respond to what’s missing in Europe, particularly in France, that we have decided to work on this project since summer 2014. We’re now proud to announce the launch of this new Typofonderie activity. Type@Paris is the first intensive type design program in Paris, offering a unique approach in Europe to learn type design from scratch (or almost) following a long tradition of curriculum started in France in the 70’s.

About Anisette typographic specimen

Anisette typographic specimen, Typofonderie exclusive font

Few weeks ago, we have received the printed specimens of the recently launched “Anisette + Anisette Petite. For the relaunch of the two families, we decided to ask Mark de Winne, from Relay Room, a talented graphic designer, to design this new typeface specimen. It was during the Type@Cooper 2012 Condensed program that Jean François Porchez discovered Mark de Winne’s work. They stayed in touch. Since summer 2013, Mark is studying at KABK. We thought it would be a good thing to ask few questions to the first-time user of the new Anisette. Below are his answers…

Nationality and Type design

Nationality and Type design

Nationality does not apply easily to type and culture, as Yvonne Schwemer Scheddin has said: ‘The concept of “nation” is political, whereas script is connected directly to language and its geographic linguistic areas.’ A couple of centuries ago, languages, scripts and the typefaces which represented them were intrinsically related to each other. Earlier Roman capitals became the typographic system dedicated to monumental inscriptions during the Roman Empire, and later the Carolingian minuscule was adopted as the official script for all of the Charlemagne Empire…

Adobe FDK workshop at Typofonderie, 11-13 March 2014

Adobe FDK Typofonderie, photo Ben Mitchell

The purpose of the workshop which will be held for the second time in France is to provide professional high-level training dedicated to the production of fonts with the Adobe FDK. The goal of the Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType is to offer tools created and developed by the team in charge of typography at Adobe. These tools can produce OpenType fonts (and in some cases TrueType) of high quality, adding OpenType features beyond what some software typeface design can propose.

Anisette Petite goes Pro

Anisette Petite available immediately in OpenType Pro version at Typofonderie

The 1996 version of Anisette, built around the idea of two widths capitals can be described as a geometric sanserif typeface, influenced by the 30s and the Art Deco movement. Its design relies on multiple sources, from Banjo through Cassandre posters, but especially lettering of Paul Iribe. So, when Jean François Porchez has decided, five years later, to create lowercases, the story became more complicated. His stylistic references couldn’t be restricted anymore to the French Art-déco period but to the shop signs present into our cities throughout the twentieth century. In 2013, Anisette Pro Petite marks a rebirth.

Adobe FDK workshop at Typofonderie, 26-28 March 2013

Adobe FDK Typofonderie, photo Ben Mitchell

The purpose of the workshop which will be held for the first time in France is to provide professional high-level training dedicated to the production of fonts with the Adobe FDK. The goal of the Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType is to offer tools created and developed by the team in charge of typography at Adobe. These tools can produce OpenType fonts (and in some cases TrueType) of high quality, adding OpenType features beyond what some software typeface design can propose.

About Geneo typographic specimen

Interview of Félix Demargne

Few weeks ago, we received the printed specimens of the recently launched Geneo. For this new typeface, we decided with Stéphane Elbaz to ask Félix Demargne, a talentued graphic designer, to design the new typeface specimen. We through that it would be a good thing to ask a few questions to the really first user of this wonderful typeface. Here after are his answers…