Lemanic is a project that started in February 2015. It consists of an exploration of 5 months into the construction of an extended type family for newspaper. Working with three different grades, it lets the designer construct a page with very dynamic and dynamic elements. The first grade made for text is the book one. It has a regular, an italic, a bold and a bold italic. The second grade is the display and is at the actual state made of a bold and a bold italic. Finally, the third grade is the head made of a special blackletter.
Type.Index is a personal portfolio site started in 2016 with the purpose of presenting type design projects in progress.
All projects are in varying degrees of progress, some for the use in ongoing identity designs, some are designed independently.
All the projects are digital sketches and will probably take different and more concrete visual directions.
Phily is a three cuts project oriented around the grotesk version. Merging together traditional geometric sans-serif shapes and adding some contrast. This combination brings a crispy texture by playing with thin junction and more monolinear shapes.
While Phily project being in progress it contains a grotesk, a rounded, a condensed and a compressed version. It will slowly evolved into different cuts in order to leave the "adaptation" area.
After long hours of walking in different little village in the middle of Sicily, we stopped in an old city called Soprana. Different signed engraved in stone were visible in streets and religious building. I made several research and went back the next day with the idea of photographing several sources. All of the sign were engraved in marble and have the specificity of being only made in uppercases.
After browsing the virtual medieval manuscript library, some document contained some interesting details that can be used in a more contemporary context. After searching for unconventional documents, the document below brings some interesting design elements. The particularity of this set of letters is the unusual ligatures and some experimental ligature. After launching, this font seemed particularly popular on adult websites. Both OnlyFans and XXX Fans have adopted the typeface into their new logos. I am really interested to know why not only one, but two of the most popular porn sites on the internet decided to use this style. This font has literally become the "typeface" of porn.
Phantom started as a logo for Sunbilt. "Swiss Efficiency" being the base model on which the project began, it gave me somehow a lot of information of the visual and proportions needed. The recipe extracted from the logo was: mono-space, serif, light and quite some contrast.
The project slowly evolved and included two other weight. This family expansion installed new problems due to the serifs and the monospace restrictions. Solutions need to be challenged and problem solved.
Bacchus is this brushy type project born from a logo. The decision to turn the identity of Wine District, a local Geneva based wine cellar, into a punk/casual identity really lead the visual direction. Based on letters made with a brush, the goal was really to break up with the very traditional and codified world of wine traditions and graphic world.
The whole typeface has several conditional ligature and each letters has at least 3 differents version of it. It includes initial and final forms.
Animax is the typeface born after the Enigma rebranding. Having to reshape and identity and use a typeface to do it leaded to many questions. Merging specific shapes stated in the brief and a sense of contemporary shapes and rhythm was a big challenge. The goal was to offer a tool that could really support the identity.
The choice of a very geometric sans serif is explained by the decision present all around. This project was made with the intention to pair this type project with two other google font.
Chablaix has been extracted from the original Lemanic project. After setting up a tool box in The Hague during the TypeMedia program, it was time for the different cuts and type version to exist by itself.
This black-letter typeface in progress will include three weight and italics paired with it. In both cases, roman and italic, the intended size is for big headlines.
Volpe has been extracted from the original Lemanic project. After setting up a tool box in The Hague during the TypeMedia program, it was time for the different cuts and type version to exist by itself.
This in progress project is made for headlines and titles. Its important contrast limit its usage for small size but really give some rhythm and some noise to a layout. In addition to the roman and italic set, the type project has a condensed and a stencil version.
If we could say that, this project is my candy. It gathers different shapes that interest me and that is quite a challenge to make it work together. This specific font is probably the most in progress work and is a daily playground that helps me to understand shapes and type design.
The high contrast is a sort of ease but its counter-brother which has quite no contrast and no serif is on its way in order to study the evolution and drawing of both direction
Some project start from an identity built around a logo and some start from a sentence leading the identity. L'Oranger, an ancient and well-known cafe in Geneva, rebranded their identity and asked Enigma to make the whole work. One of the proposal revolve around a custom typeface for the sentence "La terre est bleu comme une orange", earth is blue as an orange.
The proportions and the very geometric choices built this visual identity. Those two characteristic produced some very wide circular shapes to highlight the contrast between the tradition and the modern times.
This project is a revival born out of traveling guide from Switzerland. The main goal is to really experiment with a Clarendon like typeface and to study the very dynamic and complex aspect of the italic.
Born out of the roman face of the Lemanic typeface, it evolved quite a lot since it was considered at the end of the first 2015 semester.
The project took a text oriented way and included since the beginning some specific ingredient. While working in parallel with the Lemanic serif face, the similar proportions were the first point to keep. Then came the inktraps and the low contrast. All of that built the regular width while in parallel working on the condensed version and its unconventional alternates and ligatures.
Part of a logo research started in December at Theoreme Communication.
The goal was to reach the point of a stencil typeface with a mix of a sans-serif features and mechanical contrast.
Many project beginning leave some little seeds that can be develop into study project.
Born after a sketching research for Wine District (an Enigma project), this leaded to the recipe of a condensed grotesk alterning very straight and regular stem and some more curvy elements. In this project, the straight features of the h, n, m or d with incurved shapes such as the one in a and e, will create a dual shape pattern.
Tweelo was an academic project made during Pr. Peter Verheul's class. Starting from paper sketches to digital interpretation, the study gave us the opportunity to compare the drawing element to the one made with a brush. Slowly evoling, this typeface is made for text in small size.
Jaggi, a swiss architecture agency, hired Enigma to rebrand their identity. From a specific brief given by Daniele Catalanotto, the logo opened different directions and created a big collaborative session.
At the end, the choice of prestige and contrast leaded the way and gave this four in progress weight.
From individual projects to experimentation to very tiny project, here are some of the work in progress or simply put quietly in a drawer.
Emerging from a logo made for Merantix, the whole typeface responded to two specific criteria. The first one being the expression of a digital and humanistic/technological version of Hermès. The second one was to visually create a prestige and mystic universe.
The whole typeface finally has been deployed in four weight. These four are contrasted but still maintain quite a narrow range of weight difference.
Civlitate is more of a study, a revival and an adaption of the original R. Granjon characters called "Caractères de Civilité". The goal of this project is two creates three process in parallel. This first one is the pure observation and revival aspect of the type found in different sources. The second one is to clean the first paper and digital sketch of the previous observation. Finally, the third direction is to create a second master with a very contemporary adaptation of the original shapes.