• 2020
  • Garaje Wide

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  • 2020
  • Garaje Wide

Garaje takes its inspiration both from the alphabets of the Bauhaus school and the vernacular inscriptions of Spanish garage owners: two worlds that share a desire to reduce typographic forms to simple geometric elements. At the Bauhaus this geometrization is ideological: it represents a rejection of tradition and the affirmation of an objective and rational vocabulary. With garage owners it is a simple matter of logic, certainly due to an ignorance of tradition. It is somewhat naïve to wish to reduce the shapes of the alphabet to elementary forms. Perfect geometrical forms seem less than perfect to our eyes: type Design abounds with optical corrections that compensate for our perception of forms.
Garaje plays specifically with this paradox: its construction is rigorously geometrical, anchored to a scalable modular grid, with no optical correction. A perfectly objective system, but a typographical aberration, simultaneously right and wrong. For the last 20 years, I have extended this family in every direction, to the point of absurdity: extremely narrow or outlandishly wide letterforms, all built from the same modules. Today it is a complete system, available in 44 widths and 5 weights. The complete family counts 445 fonts, hundreds of thousands of glyphs, and zero contrast: Garaje is a typeface which is at the same time brutal and playful, rational and naïve. Garaje Wide subfamily goes from 0505 (5 on 5 grid) to 05015 (5 on 15 grid) and includes 55 fonts + 1 variable font. Its construction allows to compose in many widths without changing the stem weight.
Available at 205TF.
Online specimen

  • 2011
  • Émergences — Journal

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  • 2011
  • Émergences — Journal

Newspaper of the 4th edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon. 16 p.

  • 2010
  • Le mur de l’école

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  • 2010
  • Le mur de l’école

Besançon school of fine arts is based on a modernist building by Josep Luis Sert (1972). With Rainer Oldendorf and students, we defined a signage system composed in Garaje 0503 Monospace Black, used for the logotype I designed at the time. Letters were reproduced in 2 sizes, A4 and A6. Rainer Oldendorf and Gilles Picouet engraved litterally the concrete wall of the main entrance, to inscribe physically this 750-units grid on the building. The paper letters were directly stuck on the wall, to announce the events of the school, forming a continuous palimpsest.

  • 2014
  • Émergences — Posters

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  • 2014
  • Émergences — Posters

Gig posters of the 7th edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon. Illustrations by Adrien Houillère

  • 2013
  • Entrevues

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  • 2013
  • Entrevues

For the visual identity of the Film Festival Entrevues Belfort, I typographically tranposed the name of the event, inter-views, in a very literal way. This to evoke, of course, the cinematographic film.
Letters are cropped between multiple lines : I used the Open Source fonts League Gothic, by the League of Moveable Type, as a base for the all-caps custom typeface.

  • 2009
  • Émergences — programme

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  • 2009
  • Émergences — programme

Programme of the 2nd edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon.

  • 2012
  • Émergences

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  • 2012
  • Émergences

Poster of the 5th edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon. Black + Gloss varnish. Selected in Chaumont design graphique festival.

  • 2008
  • Émergences

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  • 2008
  • Émergences

Poster of the first edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon. The initial budget was so small that I proposed not to print the programme, and put it on the poster itself. The identity and logotype has a newspaper look, printed in black on recycled paper.

  • 2010
  • Émergences

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  • 2010
  • Émergences

Posters of the 3rd edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon.

  • 2017
  • Image Republic

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  • 2017
  • Image Republic

Logotype and custom lettering for Image Republic, Paris. Image Republic publishes posters, postcards and notebooks with famous illustration artists all over the world. website

  • 2010
  • Émergences — Poster

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  • 2010
  • Émergences — Poster

Posters of the 3rd edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon.

  • 2009
  • Émergences

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  • 2009
  • Émergences

Posters of the 2nd edition of the festival Émergences, a week dedicated to young creation in Besançon.

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