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Sébastien Morlighem

Professor/Researcher/Graphic Designer École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens | France

Sébastien Morlighem (1971) was trained in type design and calligraphy by Franck Jalleau & Michel Derre in the early 1990’s at the École supérieure Estienne (Paris). He started teaching in 1997 the history of typography & type design in this school, while working mainly as a book designer. He’s currently teaching at the École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens. He’s the curator of the “Bibliothèque typographique”, a collection of books dedicated to punchcutters & type designers and published by Ypsilon Éditeur. The first book, about José Mendoza y Almeida (co-written by Morlighem & Martin Majoor, with an introduction by Jan Middendorp), has been published in February 2010.

Presentation details

José Mendoza y Almeida, the ‘neohumanist’ heart of French typography

Session 46 | Room MIDE
Tuesday 27 October | 11:20 – 11:40

Duration: 20 minutes

Born in 1926, José Mendoza y Almeida is the “godfather” of french type design, still in activity today since his beginning as Roger Excoffon’s assistant at the Fonderie Olive in 1954. This lecture will be focusing on his career, a quite solitary path as he was the only neohumanist type designer for several decades in France, a country where 20th century typography is rather “artistic”. His main typefaces were released by international foundries: Pascal (1960, Lettergieterij “Amsterdam”); Photina (1972, Monotype Corporation); ITC Mendoza Roman (1991, International Typeface Corporation). They will be shown & discussed, as well as less known & unreleased projects, rooted in calligraphy & lettering.

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