After years of collaboration with Enric Crous-Vidal, and upon her husband’s (the industrialist Hermann Degheest) recommendation, Ange Degheest was entrusted by the Swiss company Hermes-Paillard with the creation of Director, a typeface aimed to be used on a new typewriter model. The Hermes 3000 and Hermes Media models, commercialised in 1958, brought some significant innovations on the portable typewriters market, including a larger choice of type styles. Ange Degheest was commissioned to design a typeface that reflected the company’s position of prestige and authority. She worked against what the technical constraints of the typewriter might suggest in terms of letter shapes to propose an elegant typeface with a marked contrast, a trait that was balanced by soft serifs and terminals.


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