Typofonderie first ad featuring Le Monde

Directly from my archives, the first announcement of Le Monde family + few others typefaces from Typofonderie.

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Apolline renaissance

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Apolline is my second typeface, started in 1989-91, finished in 1993 for the Morisawa awards in Regular and Italic. During this period and particularly for this project I made drawings modelled after my own calligraphy. They were done at a very small size on tracing paper (2 cm high for the capitals) to preserve the irregularity of human handwriting. Besides emphasising the horizontal parts of the letter forms, the serifs were designed asymmetrically to reinforce the rhythm of the writing. The final drawings were produced at a large size (10 cm high for the capitals) to allow for subtle optimisation of specific details. To achieve certain regularity, a template was designed.

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Type credits: Caledonia, Apolline

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There is a tradition old as the invention of printing to credit typography at the end of books and publications. Some examples are better and more signifiant than others.

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Font prices: 15 years after…

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In 1996, I was asked by the defunct FontShop France to design a page who featured some of my typefaces at the time. FF Angie and Apolline already available, Parisine in two weights only available directly from me. Anisette announced as the next typeface and Le Monde superfamily on the way, as this family was finished and launched in 1997. Then a review and comparison of prices between 1996 and now seems the most interesting part…

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Find the right typeface?

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1. A british pound designed in 1993.

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2. A british pound designed in 2009.

The new game is to find it out what are theses two typefaces.

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Apolline drawings

In my early days of typeface design (1989), I learnt to design on tracing paper, based on calligraphy stabilisation. Later, after several years at a design agency (Dragon Rouge) as Type director, I developed faster method to draw letterings, logotypes, small alphabets.

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