The Anisette germinated in the mind of Jean François Porchez around 1995, just after his work on Le Monde typefaces. The original idea was to try tools in different ways, such as Illustrator 5.0 (1993). Thus he began his typeface starting from a drawing capitals over a square structure, directly into the software from Adobe. These basic elements helped him to easily decline the narrow and wide extensions, which will be imported as a working basis in Fontographer 4.0. The final typeface have been be published both at Font Bureau and sold directly via Typofonderie in 1996. In 1997, Gérard Blanchard, Chancellor of the Rencontres internationales de Lure wrote the introductory text of a second specimen of Anisette published in 1999 by Typofonderie in which he has established an affiliation with the French Art Deco:
The lettering argument you can find in the slogan ‘do you have a good lettering artist? If you don’t, the typeface you need is Banjo’ proves the existence of a link with the very contrasted drawings (black & thin faces) used before Hergé (Tintin & Milou) by Beardsley, Poiret, Iribe, Vox & a few others. It derives from the English Modern style & the thirties French Art Déco, then the artists liked to design their own titles for their illustrations which where published in luxurious magazines.
Towards a fully renovated Anisette
During the summer 2011, the idea of a Pro version emerged. It’s Marc Rouault, passing time again at Typofonderie — for the second time within a few months — who relaunched the project again. Knowing that Marc was a beginner in typeface design, Mathieu Réguer has drove the renovation project in order to teach some basics to Marc. Indeed, the typeface “creation” part is often short (in the case of Anisette Petite, less than a month in 2001), while finishes and production take a relatively long time. This is especially true when we have to re-organize the original version of the Anisette, decline it to Pro version and from a cleaned basis. It was very good for Marc to learn curves. After he left, the project has been put on stand by. Closely monitored by Jean François Porchez, the project has slowly progressed throughout the year 2012 at Typofonderie. Then,the objective to publish it before the summer of 2013… was postponed to early January 2014, in order to closely follow the Anisette Petite launch in October 2013. We must not forget that Anisette and Anisette Petite have been designed to be used together, Anisette Petite offering capitals on a square basis and especially lowercases!
Clean up a typeface is crucial. Without it, the variation in its Pro fonts version is not feasible and results become inconsistent. Curves are updated, alignments regularized. Long hours are required to complete all these matters of details, but as well adding small caps, extra figures, and other ligatures variants. Since its genesis, Anisette proposed capitals, intrinsically associated without being drawn tied ligatures, as “associations” LE, CO seen in the first specimen Typofonderie has published. The new version extends this idea for each of the 9 styles, extending the glyph set from 250 to 840 glyphs (90000 kerning pairs are subsequently added and all checked by hand).
The joy of advances in computer technology applied to Anisette
The latest version of Anisette reinforces the initial idea by adding an outfit set of “associated capitals” and contextual forms. Because of the benefit of OpenType features, the Anisette advanced typography is easy to use in any work of graphic designer. Indeed, the wide and narrow capitals can alternatively be used alone, mixed or manually since the early days of Anisette. Today, the resulting mixture is provided by various context functionalities, providing alternative settings. Many capitals ligatures sometimes in narrow, as in wide versions, are embellished with small capitals aligned on top of capitals which are positioned contextually in key locations in your headlines. A simple sentence set in Anisette Pro will have so much diversity in its representations that the number of Anisette variables offers to its user.
With Anisette Pro, typography becomes a game, Pro fonts):/fonts/anisette-family/ as designing any title page as much flamboyant as if it had been a special bespoke design.
1. Narrow capitals
2. Wide capitals
3. Small capitals aligned to the top
4. Many contextual ligatures
5. Three Art Deco S alternates
6. Three rounded E alternates
7. Automatic mixing of narrow consonants and large vowels
8. Automatic wide and narrow words
9. Automatic mixing of wide and narrow capitals in the Art Deco spirit
10. Small capitals aligned to the top contextually positioned
11. Graphic blocks, patterns and dingbats
See the Anisette Pro specimen in pdf format for full details of these Advanced typography functions.
Anisette: Availability of the new typeface family
The new Anisette OpenType fonts are available in our exclusive PRO and STD fonts version
Download the Anisette specimen.
→ € 45 by style, STD version
→ € 55 by style, PRO version
→ € 119 for the 4 basic weights, version STD
→ € 146 for the 4 basic weights, version PRO
→ € 243 for the Full family, version STD, 9 styles
→ € 297 for the Full family, version PRO, 9 styles