Throughout this 2014 year, designers have created for you specific wallpaper calendars, free to download and set in Typofonderie typefaces. Each month, it’s also a great opportunity to ask few questions our monthly guest designer. For the month of May 2014, it’s Carolina de Bartolo who has chosen the Parisine Plus, designed by Jean François Porchez. She answers to our questions.
Carolina de Bartolo
Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting by Carolina de Bartolo.
Who are you?
I’m a designer, design educator and the author of Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting. My first font, TXT101, was released last year in 2013. I grew up in Pennsylvania and I live in California now.
What inspires you?
– History (I teach design history as well as typography.)
Your favorite typeface?
I never seem to tire of machine-derived typefaces like typewriter types and monospaced faces. Typesetting them is like building with cinder blocks. It’s a challenge to make something beautiful with humble, unadorned raw materials, but when it works (in typography or architecture), it can be quite remarkable.
Your favorite designer?
So hard to choose! For something (arguably) contemporary, I love Weingart. For something classic, I’m fascinated by Leonardo (who was a designer, btw).
Name your favorite book?
Well, one book that changed my life because it changed the way I think about reading is a little volume by Pierre Bayard called How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. (Yes, that’s a real title.) Before this book, I’d often felt guilty and overwhelmed by how few books I’d read in comparison to the massive expanse of literature. This book argues that “what matters most in a book is the books alongside it.” In other words, what’s important is understanding a work in context, grasping the relatedness of one book to another—which is exactly how I teach design history. What a relief to realize it was the same for literature! Oh, and I’ll mention that a recent re-reading of Alice in Wonderland was a treat.
Your favorite place in the world?
I can’t get enough of the awesome landscapes here in California, especially this time of year with California poppies in bloom. But, since I can’t pick where I live, I’ll say the main hall of Grand Central Station, NYC. I love the expansive light-filled open space and the random, continuous paths of foot traffic. Something about that place just says, “you’ve arrived.”
Parisine Plus Pro wallpaper
What about downloading and installing this typographic desktop wallpaper that Carolina de Bartolo has crafted for you with the utmost attention for the month of May 2014? This free wallpaper is set in Parisine Plus Pro available at Typofonderie.
Download the wallpaper set in Parisine Plus, 8000 × 5000 px.
Download the white background version of the wallpaper set in Parisine Plus, 8000 × 5000 px.
→ Download the wallpaper set in Parisine Plus: 8000 × 5000 px
→ Parisine Plus by Jean François Porchez: A playfull fancy sanserif typeface in 16 fonts
→ A wallpaper calendar April 2014 featuring Mislab
→ A wallpaper calendar March 2014 featuring Ardoise
→ A wallpaper calendar February 2014 featuring Geneo
→ A wallpaper calendar January 2014 featuring Anisette Petite
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