After our international call for submissions for ampersands taking place last spring, we chose with -Zeug editors the 288 we loved the most. Now they're making a book of it, beside a translation of Jan Tschichold's Formenwandlungen der &-Zeichen, a short historical essay dealing with the successive designs of the ampersand glyph.
Some more details about the books
Jan Tschichold (1902-1974, typographer, theorician and teacher) published in 1953 Formenwandlungen der &-Zeichen, a short historical essay dealing with the successive designs of the ampersand glyph. This text is structured by a collection of 288 carefully selected and commented ampersands, which constitues a brief and concise introduction to the history of Western writing and typography. Long unavailable in English, this new translation is published in a facsimile version, faithful to the original design by the author.
[ A new translation by Jean-Marie Clarke — with an afterword by Marc Smith
32 pages with jacket, duotone printing, 12 x 20,5 cm ]
Et & Ampersands / Collectif
On the occasion of this translation, VTF and -zeug co-organised a type-design workshop and an international call for ampersand entries, in May 2017, in Paris and worldwide. This type-specimen shelters the selection of 288 ampersand glyphs, selected, sorted and organised. This festive publication witnesses vitality and wit of the contemporary type-design community.
[ 48 pages, duotone printing, 12 x 20,5 cm ]
Special offer ::: until September 10th, midnight
Special price for participants ::: the two books in a sleeve 20€ (instead of 22€)
Each book = 12€
+ Free shipping
We will give a talk on june 20 in Paris with french type designer Benoît Bodhuin about the contemporary scene of type design in France. This event is part of the Fanzines! Festival and is organized by l'Articho. Afterward, this talk will be broadcast on Radio Campus for their GRPHSM! season dedicated to the graphic design field. Come say hi or listen to it on the radio.
POLICES DE FRANCE
Tuesday June 20, 19H
71 rue de Ménilmontant / 2 rue de la Mare
Paris 20 - M° Ménilmontant
We will be in Chaumont (52000, France) during the opening of the bienal of graphic design on 20 and 21 of May2017. Meet us in the Chapelle, a former jesuit church in the center of the town where a salon of independent publishers and foundries will take place. See you there!
New event / workshop / party
Saint J&an is a workshop week-end in Paris and a worldwide submission call for ampersands.
Prepare to draw your most beautiful ampersands on may 6th and 7th that will be published in a book by —zeug as a festive companion to a new translation to Jan Tschichold's ampersand essay.
The climax of this week-end will be a party on the occasion of the Saint Jean Porte Latine, patron of the type designers and wine markers, who we will celebrate on this Saturday night.
Big news, we now accept donations.
As we will celebrate our 7th birthday soon, we celebrate 7 years of independant and free working. The fonts we published have been used worldwide, have been forked, we organized workshops with dozens of attendees, we printed quite a lot of dumb goodies. If you want us to continue our silly activities, we shall encourage you to donate to our non-profit organization. Your help will allow us to keep on publishing new open-source fonts several times a year, upgrading our existing catalogue and our website, and organizing real life workshops.
Wether you'll give us 5 $/€ or 500 $/€, you'll be in our hearts and maybe on our hall of fame if you give enough.
Don't lose time, visit our Donation page.
Here comes Solide Mirage, a custom type family for Frànçois And The Atlas Montains
In the begining, Frànçois asked Jérémy Landes to design a logo for his band. This band, Frànçois And The Atlas Montains, needed a sign to be used in replacement of their long nametag. Bodoni faces appeared to be an obvious inspiration as it was used in several versions on all the band's medias. As the fonts always were set in caps, Jérémy decided to draw an unicase, allowing the band to mix different shape families by stirring lowercases and uppercases together. If the caps remains quite classical, the lowercases show a stronger temperament. All the lowercases that should have ascenders or descenders, as the b, d, p or q are the most suprising, with there compressed shapes and long serifs. Solide Mirage began as a squared monospaced typeface, for practical layout reasons, quickly followed by a proportional companion, a more narrow design to allow subtler text layouts. Both typefaces have ornemental alternates A, O and V inheriting the zig-zag spirit of the album cover created by the visual artist Tatiana Defraine. A small set of ornaments have been drawn too, widely used in the album leaflet.
During the creation process, after a lot of talks, both Frànçois and Jérémy decided that the Solide Mirage fonts would be free and open-source. This decision was meant to allow the typeface to have its own life while the band fans would be able to seize the sensible world conveyed by the album and the fonts altogether. This is quite unique for the music industry / typographic scene to do such thing together.
Solide Mirage, the album, and Solide Mirage, the type family, have been released on March, the 6rd.
You can download the specimen below too.
Thanks to Walid Bouchouchi who was intern on this project.
Welcome to Bluu Next, a big update of the Bluu font originally released in 2013 by Jean-Baptiste Morizot. JB redraw the bold and add a new upright bold-italic to complete it. More condensed, the italic has has the particularity to be darker than its roman counterpart when an italic is usually lighter. Being the only serif font on VTF made for text sizes, this upgrade expands the possiblities of text template with VTF fonts. This upgrade makes even clearer than before the cutting edge temperament of Bluu, with glimps for some middle-age or gothic influences.
Whe heard that a wider family might be in development, but hush! It's a secret!
On the 17, 18, 19 of june, we will hack and fork fonts with you!
We will focus on type derivation to experiment how we can create new version of a same font in two days of work. The workshop will take place at La Générale in Paris, and will be free! Technical basics in type design will avoid violent headache.
When they decided to lauchn their new website designed by Spintank, the city of Paris asked Frank Adebiaye, creator of the Grotesk (and of VTF) to design a custom version of the Grotesk for them. This new version is slightly redrawn, it has a wider character set and furthermore, it gains a light version.
Learn more on this project with this interview of Frank on Paris website.
The vote is closed !
When it was first released, we asked you to vote to choose the next style of Millimetre you would like to see released. You could vote during the launch of the typeface in Paris and online during 2 weeks.
Guess what, the vote is closed and we have the results. The lighter weight is heading at the first place, followed by the black and condensed width. Therefore Jérémy is already designing the light to release it first. The black will follow afterwards.
We will be in Brussels on the 14th of april to attend the launch of a new original type related magazine.
Meet La Perruque, a 1 meter long and 1 centimeter hight sheet of paper. Each issue is a specimen dedicated to a different typeface. These strange formats are leftovers from the printer, the margins of regular documents. The different issues altogether create a portrait of a contemporean type design scene. On the 14th of April, discover the first 4 issues of the magazine and meet Olivier Bertrand, its creator, with the designers of each 4 typefaces : our Raphaël Bastide, Axel Benassis, Justin Bihan, Alex Chavot and Olivier Lebrun as a guest.
Yes, the third issue of La Perruque is dedicated to our Steps Mono, a project initiated by Raphaël and Jean-Baptiste Morizot to demonstrate a collaborative approach in type design. No spoil but it seems that the fourth issue will be about another of our fonts.
Meet us at :
La Perruque — Lancement #1
Thursday avril, the 14th, 2016
At Atelier Bek
rue du Ruisseau 15
Des Dens en Photo is a french photographer specialised in fashion, editorial and street-style photography. We forked Millimetre and created this typeface to support is communication mimicking what we can see in the fashion press. He uses it along his photos to create his personal magazine. See more images of the project on Jérémy's website.
Steps Mono was created by Raphaël Bastide and Jean-Baptiste Morizot for the french magazine étapes: to demonstrate a collaborative design on the same font. Download sources and font files. Contributions can be accepted on the repository. View the magazine.