About Typofonderie

After a first phase of introduction and adaptation to TypeParis method and rhythm, things are getting serious at this point of the programme: personal projects begin to take form! Thanks to the previous visits to several libraries and museums, all attendees were able to collect historical sources and to do parallel research based on each project brief. Moreover, the design space practice as a colophon of the first exercise allowed the students to discover the range of style possibilities and fuelled their inspiration for their personal typeface designs. Based on their choice of brief, this second phase has started focusing on a keyword in lowercase in order to explore early ideas: time to start sketching!

Lyon trip

But first, as a TypeParis tradition, at the beginning of the third week of the programme all the crew travelled to Lyon to visit the Musée de l’Imprimerie and the Musée Gallo-Romain. Again, awesome type specimens and historical inputs which added to the previous ones, helped the attendees setting up a starting point to begin sketching their own letterforms.


The huge archive of the Musée de l’Imprimerie amazed all the attendees.


Ladislas Mandel’s original inked letters.

After an intense morning at the Musée de l’Imprimerie, during the afternoon all the crew got lost inside the Musée Gallo-Romain surrounded by the beautiful stone-carved Roman capitals on display.


Valentin, Elsa, Céline and Olga enjoying the streets of Lyon.


Official group photo at the Musée Gallo-Romain!

Back to Paris

Once returned to Paris, they were introduced to the basics of a digital workflow as well as to the italics. With Jean François Porchez and Gina Serret, who gave some demos of italic calligraphy, they learned the essential differences between the roman letterforms and the italic ones. And again, going back to calligraphy, they ended up drawing several letters in italics.

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