In 2010, I was commisioned to design and develop a unique typeface for the new gardens of Singapore, “Gardens by the Bay”, reflecting the shapes and forms found in nature and traditional Malay script. The family includes a light and a bold, as well as their alternate versions with swash capitals. Commissioned by Thomas Matthews (London).
New edition of the workshop I gave at École Supérieure d’Art et de Design of Reims (France). The workshop lasted 4 days, on a basis of 1 day per week. After a talk about the history of early printers leading to a comprehension of the classification of typefaces, the students (in their second year of graphic studies) picked constraints of design at random. They drew letters by hand first and then they digitized them and designed a font by making the shapes behave together. At the end of the workshop, they had to produce a small publication explaining the process of creation.
The “C’est pas mon genre! About women: design from France” exhibition shows the emergent trends of french contemporary design and question the complex and various links between design and women. The graphic designer Lionel Catelan has designed its catalogue in 172 pages, using Jaakko AND the seven members of Coline family all together in a lively dialogue.
“Dark Lens” is a book of photography by Cédric Delsaux, who has integrated Star Wars characters and vehicles into stark urban, industrial – but unmistakably earthbound – environments. A typeface has been especially designed for this book, to fit this very special atmosphere. It contains echos of the famous Star Wars logo by its broad width and geometric shapes, but is firmly contemporary thanks to sharp details.
The BTP typeface is used in this poster for “Square Utopia”, an installation by artist Eden Morfaux in public space in the city of Gentilly (France). The poster has been designed by Building Paris and has been selected at Festival International de l’Affiche et du Graphisme de Chaumont of 2013.
Workshop at École Supérieure d’Art et de Design of Reims (France). The workshop lasted for 4 days, on a basis of 1 day per week. After a talk about the history of early printers leading to a comprehension of the classification of typefaces, the students (in their second year of graphic studies) started experimenting writing with various tools. Then I selected together with each student the shapes that seemed more interesting in his production, and we turned them into a font by making the shapes behave together. At the end of the workshop, they had to produce a small publication explaining the process.
My friends at “Building Paris” were commissioned to design a stone for the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony of the urban planning around Évreux’s Cathedral (a Roman cathedral and national monument of France, in Normandy) by h2o architectes, together with Michel Desvigne landscape designer. They designed three stones set in Coline. The first stone is the latin and french sentence “here & now”, the second one gives the geographical coordinates, and the last one is a compass rose. All of it was rock-carved by a skilled craftsman.
All the seven members of Coline family appear in this special issue of the french cultural magazine Télérama, following an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris.