Velvetyne — libre & open source type foundry

Amazing workshops by VTF

We organise free workshops based on cool topics. They take place mostly in Paris, but if you want to invite us abroad, do not hesitate to contact us, we love to travel, to speak our French-English and to meet new people.

Saint Jean — The call for ampersands

After tschichold. -zeug and Velvetyne called for a worldwide ampersand submission in May 2017. Published as a festive book companion to Jan Tschichold’s “Formenwandlungen der Et-Zeichen” translation, the collection will also be distributed as an open-source on September 2017. See the 460 ampersands we received on the gallery.

Font Fonk Fork

This workshop took place during the early days of 2016 summer in la Générale in Paris. This workshop was about the fork, the fact of modifying an open-source project. All participants created a different version of the same typeface, Cooper Hewitt, designed by Chester Jenkins for the New York Smithsonian Design Museum. These different typefaces build a new complex family with diverse fonts sharing the same structure and rythm. See and download the results on the project’s page.

Picto Porn

A 4 days long collaborative workshop organized with La Générale. We developped an incomplete pictogram librairy representing the tags in porn movies. Read a long article (in french) on ActuaLitte. See the results on the project’s page.


A 2-day workshop organized with the École National des Arts Décoratifs and La Générale around the theme of the resistance. The aim was to create a font supporting the incoming exhibition communication. We worked with the students with open-source softwares to achieve this goal. Learn more on the project’s page (in french).

Marathon Général


Our first event organized with La Générale. This workshop was about creating typeface with open-source tools in mind. Learn more on the project’s page and see photos.



A two hours workshop to find a logogram for the word “with”. Learn more on the project’s page.