ATypI Vancouver 2003


Duet for the design of letters: Geofroy Tory and Simon de Colines

Friday 26 September, 16:20 (40 minutes)

Kay Amert, University of Iowa

Both experts on letterforms, Geofroy Tory and Simon de Colines often worked together in the 1520s and 30s, skillfully developing the French Renaissance style. As a punchcutter and printer, Colines worked behind the scenes at the university in Paris, while Tory left the university to write Champ Fleury, a treatise on letterforms, and later assumed the role of King’s printer. This presentation examines the many points of connection between the two men and explores the typographical interplay achieved by their collaboration.