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,
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.