ECV 2013 students typefaces

Last semester, our students from the ECV Typographic design have to work on a revival of typeface: Re-création that’s the word we use in French. This project was just a part of a more wider Typographic design course, see the short presentations about their last semester here.

Typeface design isn’t the central thing of this Typographic design master, its just part of the topics we cover, who help them to open their eyes to shapes of letterforms, what mean spacing, texture and typographic in general. This year, a large majority of our 13 students worked around the Didot style. They have to find themselves their model. They really discovered through this project how to draw letterforms, something they never tried in the past. This project of six sessions (in 18 hours) started on October 2013. They have to deliver their finished typeface early January 2014. The instructors included Malou Verlomme, Mathieu Réguer and Jean François Porchez.

Quick overview of the process

1. Brief, selecting the sources.
2. Analyse, mood boards to definite the typeface genre, style, specific details.
3. Drawing of keyword hanfigeplurosty in lowercases on tracing paper (similar method as at Type@Cooper 2012).
4. Extension to a full lowercases set + the same keyword in capitals.
5. Full capitals and lowercases completed sets on tracing paper.
6. Digitization including learning of their first font design application (Robofont).
7. Adjustments, extension to figures and few punctuations.
8. Last design details, font production, specimens.

A selection of typefaces designed by the students

Carlyne Wetterwald typeface Fausse Route
Typeface Fausse Route by Carlyne Wetterwald

Camille Bardes typeface Femina
Typeface Femina by Camille Bardes

Lucie Alvado typeface Bretonne
Typeface Bretonne by Lucie Alvado

melisande dupre-renault typeface Mélifont
Typeface Mélifont by Melisande Dupre-Renault

Valeria Caro typeface Milonga
Typeface Milonga by Valeria Caro

Jean François Porchez, 4 February 2014

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