The bespoke Nespresso alphabet can be definited as geometric mono-linear typeface. Some of its details come from vernacular italian lettering style, when other elements are typical from Art-déco style. Nespresso use typical Italian vocabulary for its products, following the same path, Nespresso typeface aim is to strenghten Italian typographic style, even as a delicate, subtile homage to the home of the best coffee in the world.
Mencken is a typeface designed originally for the Baltimore Sun in 2005. Less than 10 years later, after many months of labor, the outlines of the 8 masters are ready today. Next step will be kerning, intermediate Subhead masters and bunch intermediate weights. Then, will come the Condensed versions.
The monograph about my typeface design and typography work is now available at Atelier Perrousseaux publisher website. It’s a bilingual book French-English. I hope you will like it. It was a great experience. I would take this opportunity to thanks people who worked on this book…
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.
Top line: Sabon Next LT with alternate q and Sabon Next LT; Bottom line: Sabon Italic compared to Sabon Next LT Italic all kerned.
For some people, the finish of Sabon Next perhaps looks similar to Adobe Garamond, but if you set texts, the result is quite different, because the structure is not the same. Adobe Garamond looks to be wide and round when Sabon Next looks narrow and strict.
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…
C’est sympa ces news typo, mais juste un détail: Frutiger comme tous les autres caractères typographiques (typeface en anglais) sont des mots au masculin. le Frutiger, le Garamond, le Retiro…
Employer le mot fonte lorsqu’il s’agit de parler du Garamond Regular ou Optima ExtraLight, car il s’agit du logiciel. Une fonte, des fontes, jamais fonte au singulier pour parler d’une famille de caractères typographiques!
Cela faisait longtemps que nous attendions cela, c’est chose faite: Xavier Dupré a lançé son site web en ce début d’année 2010. Sachant que depuis longtemps, ce créateur de caractères typographiques français proposait régulièrement des créations d’excellente qualité, comme cette famille récente publié chez FontFont en automne 2009, le FF Masala et FF Masala Script.
Following others Font Discoveries, here after several extracted samples in use. January 2010 Font Discoveries for more info about the 4 fonts included: Allumi PTF Demi, Ambroise Std Bold, Le Monde Sans Std Italic, Anisette Std Petite Black.
Magazine: Title in Apolline Std Regular; Headlines in Anisette Std Petite Thin and Parisine Std Bold Italic. Design Clara Sfarti.
Following the July 2009 publication, here after several extracted samples in use. September-November 2009 Font Discoveries for more info about the 4 fonts included: Costa PTF Italic, Anisette Std Petite Thin, Apolline Std Regular, Parisine Std Bold Italic.
Album name: Anisette Black, Artist names: Ambroise Firmin Demi. Design Marc Rouault.
Following the May 2009 publication, here after several extracted samples in use. July-September 2009 Font Discoveries for more info about the 4 fonts included: Le Monde Sans PTF Light, Ambroise Std Firmin Demi, Anisette Std Black, Angie Sans Std Bold Italic.
Quand je racontais que chez Internet-fr ils étaient nuls, ils me le confirment ce matin avec un email reçu alors que je n’ai plus de site web chez eux depuis juillet 2008! Ils sont très fort, voyez-vous même…
Indeed, all of the families still need new glyphs when you do an OpenType conversion, for the simple reason of the extended glyph set and OpenType features. But in the case of Le Monde Sans PTF, it was different…
Mon site web, typofonderie.com était hébergé chez Internet-fr jusqu’a la fin juillet 2008. Très heureux depuis après le changement d’hébergeur vers Dreamhost, chez qui mes autres sites web étaient déjà hébergés depuis 2004.
Internet-fr offre un bande passante intéressante, mais pour le reste ils sont simplement nuls et chers. Support technique pas compétent, avec des horaires pas adapté à un support digne des tarifs pratiqués (9h-18h, semaine uniquement).
I visited yesterday morning my usual printer shop to check Pantone colors following instructions from Tiffany Wardle, the designer of the Costa specimen. The printing of the second side follow this afternoon without me!
So ATypI nights are less crazy good than TypeCon nights? really? The main difference between these drunky nights is that the ones during ATypI, people still able to start new business. Sabon Next project started during that night. ehehe…
Around 2 am this night in Leipzig (even Hermann Zapf was present during this party), discussing with Bernhard Hofmacher from Linotype, I told him that their Platinum collection — started not long ago — offered only sanserifs from living designers (Adrian Frutiger…). Suggesting to them that great serif typefaces can be added to this collection too. Then Bruno Steinert came to join the discussion and he asked for names of typefaces I can think about: Sabon I replied, and explained why…
Then the story of Sabon next started this night.
The story of the metro in Paris started long ago and typography and lettering where always an important aspect who make it unique. This website, in French describe one of the separate companies and show some examples of letterings and various graphis and architecturals elements. Guimard name is also strongly connected with the history of the metro. Check the bottom of that page who feature nice old posters.