The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Roger Excoffon - typographer

p.s. oops!  it is Le Mistral n.m. - no 'e'...
as for Marseille (s?)

Imitating his own handwriting, Roger Excoffon created a fully cursive (linking) apparent hand-script, originally for typesetting, now for digital reproduction.  The capitals do not fully link in the computerised version, as was the case with the original, although the lower-case version obviously does. Originally this objective was achieved with various 'ligatures' - fiddly little graphic linkages for particular conjunctions of letters.
'Mistral' is as French as 'Helvetica' is Swiss!

1 comment:

Colin and Elizabeth said...

You obviously watched Jonathan Meades BBC 4 on Wednesday night. He did a spot on the Mistral font.. Worth watching if you didn't. You can catch it in England on BBC iplayer...

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